To Sherwood Anderson through whose kindness I was first published, with the belief that this book will give him no reason to regret that fact.”

Faulkner’s dedication in Sartoris.” (18)

William FaulknerSherwood Anderson was more than just a brilliant author; he was also a vital instrument in the development of some of the greatest American authors like William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. Anderson should be credited for helping both these authors get recognized and helping them fine-tuning their first novels. The relationship between William Faulkner and Sherwood Anderson was that of a mentor and a mentee. Faulkner first sought out Anderson after reading “I’m a Fool” because William believed that it was tWilliam Faulknerhe best short story ever written. After the two authors met, Anderson took Faulkner under his wing and decided to help build up his career. Anderson encouraged Faulkner to write about his personal experiences in his novels, which enriched Faulkner's works. The two authors were quite close (they even lived together!) and Anderson quickly found publishers to help Faulkner get started on his career. “Faulkner’s complex relationship with Anderson was composed of strongly compounded of apprenticeship and rejection, loyalty and rebellion.” (19) Unfortunately, things did not end very well between Faulkner and Anderson. This began when Sherwood first fought out that Faulkner was lying about his past history in order to impress Anderson. In addition to that, William began to rebel from Anderson’s mentoring by publicly insulting Sherwood’s works, including the infamous, Winesburg, Ohio.

New Orleans skyline

New Orleans, where Anderson spent alot of his time with Faulkner.



Ernest Hemingway Sherwood Anderson and Ernest Hemingway developed a relationship that was quite different from Anderson’s relationship with Faulkner. Although Hemingway learned and gained a lot from his connections with Anderson, they only corresponded for about four to five months. When Anderson first met Hemingway, he was intrigued by his ability to write. After their first few evenings working together, Hemingway began to not see eye to eye on a number of things. Both authors were quite passionate and the similarities between them seem to cause tension. In the beginning, Hemingway really respected Anderson’s advice. For example, Anderson advised Hemingway that he should go to Paris and learns how to write well there; in addition to that, Anderson also told Hemingway that he should write about experiences that he knows about, like war and love. Sherwood introduced Hemingway to many different people all over the world, including publishing companies. But Anderson was a much larger figure than Hemingway was, which seemed to bother him greatly. Hemingway was quite jealous of the attention that Anderson always received from fans and friends, as well as other women.(20) Although Anderson’s relationship did not end well with Hemingway, his influence on Hemingway is still evident. Hemingway is often referred to as “the successor in midwestern imagination from Anderson.” (21)


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