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William Faulkner, 1954
Influenced by Anderson, William Faulkner, shown here in 1954, wrote about his home county in Mississippi

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Writer Sherwood Anderson Was Born
September 13, 1876

Sherwood Anderson had an important influence upon American writing between World War I and World War II. He is credited with capturing the real sound of everyday speech in his writing and experimenting with new forms and styles, breaking down tired, old formulas. He influenced a whole generation of writers, most notably Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner. Many experienced writers have stressed that a young writer should write about what he or she knows best. While in New Orleans in 1924, Anderson encouraged Faulkner to write about his home county in Mississippi. Anderson's 1919 collection of short stories, Winesburg, Ohio, is widely considered his best work. Try writing a story about your hometown; you may be surprised.
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