Southern Odyssey

Selected Writings by Sherwood Anderson

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Pages: 280

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 09/01/1997

ISBN: 9-780-8203-1899-8

List Price: $46.95

Southern Odyssey

Selected Writings by Sherwood Anderson

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Southern Odyssey contains the best of Sherwood Anderson's writings about the region where he spent the last sixteen years of his life. In more than forty selections of journalism and fiction, Anderson explores the people and problems of the South.

The pieces collected here present Anderson's perceptive vision of the South, combining his love for the region with the fresh observations of an outsider. His work reflects a range of issues that engaged all southerners at a crucial time in their history—the Great Depression, the influence of the New Deal, the painful transition from agriculture to mechanization, the struggle of labor to unionize, and the elemental divisions of race—always with an eye toward the human side of things.

Anderson's impressions and convictions concerning his southern experience encompassed more than its troubles, however. He also wrote of the splendor of a Shenandoah spring and the strength of character of the native people. Southern Odyssey is more than a personal record—it is a gallery of southern portraits, drawn in the style that distinguishes Anderson's prose at its best.

Seldom given as much attention as they deserve, the archetypal Ohioan Anderson's last sixteen years in and around Virginia are the focus of this helpfully introduced and unobtrusively annotated selection of essays. . . . These essays, all vintage Anderson in style and tone, help explain the last phase of a seminal American literary career. Recommended for all libraries.

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About the Author/Editor

Sherwood Anderson (Author)
SHERWOOD ANDERSON (1876–1941) was a novelist, short-story writer, poet, dramatist, memoirist, and essayist. His best-known works include Winesburg, Ohio; Poor White; and Tar: A Midwest Childhood.

Welford Dunaway Taylor (Editor)
WELFORD DUNAWAY TAYLOR is Bostwick Professor of English at the University of Richmond.

Charles E. Modlin (Editor)
CHARLES E. MODLIN is a professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.