Novelist, short story writerDied when: 64 years 176 days (773 months)
Star Sign: Virgo
Sherwood Anderson (September 13, 1876 – March 8, 1941) was an American novelist and short story writer, known for subjective and self-revealing works.Self-educated, he rose to become a successful copywriter and business owner in Cleveland and Elyria, Ohio.
In 1912, Anderson had a nervous breakdown that led him to abandon his business and family to become a writer.At the time, he moved to Chicago and was eventually married three additional times.
His most enduring work is the short-story sequence Winesburg, Ohio, which launched his career.Throughout the 1920s, Anderson published several short story collections, novels, memoirs, books of essays, and a book of poetry.
Though his books sold reasonably well, Dark Laughter (1925), a novel inspired by Anderson's time in New Orleans during the 1920s, was his only bestseller.