Sherwood Anderson's Writing Style Analysis

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Born in 1876, Sherwood Anderson is seen as a mythic American writer. His personal preference when it came to his writing was on his short novels but he was also a novelist. Throughout his life, his work has had an influence on diverse writers such as on Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Faulkner. In this essay, we will scrutinize how Anderson had influenced Ernest Hemingway’s writing. Knowing that his influence took three different forms, our analysis will be divided into three parts. First, we will compare Anderson and Hemingway’s writing style. Then, we will analyze the importance of the thematic of some of their works. Finally, the tense friendship between the two writers will be looked at throughout “Papa” Hemingway’s lifestyle.
As the “literary father” of Hemingway, Anderson introduced this young American writer to Gertrude Stein, who later became his “literary mother”. Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899. First a soldier during the First World War, he then, became a correspondent for the Toronto Star after a severe injury. As a reporter, his writing skills have improved
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In his short story Hands, Anderson elucidates a possibility of human paradise, of going beyond the limits. This type of writing involves the usage of not only metaphors but also of the abstract, which goes against Hemingway’s writing style. Therefore, even if Anderson’s writing is more focused on transcendence, Hemingway favors constructivism. This implies the importance of the structure of the language which is constructed in the ground meaning of the story. For many writers, such as Madox Ford, “Hemingway’s words strike you like they are pebbles fetched from the brook, they live and shine each one in his place”. This quote means that the author’s work can be isolated and separate from its background context but it still depends on the period during which he
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