Back Leading contemporary writers read ten stories by Sherwood Anderson
Sherwood Anderson: Collected Stories

Sherwood Anderson remade the short story for the modern era. Exploring the hidden recesses of small town life, his haunting, understated, often sexually frank stories revolutionized the tone of American storytelling. Without Anderson’s example, the work of Hemingway, Faulkner, Wolfe, Steinbeck, McCullers, Mailer, and Kerouac is almost unthinkable.

The Library of America edition of Sherwood Anderson: Collected Stories gathers—for the first time in a single volume—all the story collections Anderson published during his lifetime: Winesburg, Ohio (1919), The Triumph of the Egg (1921), Horses and Men (1923), and Death in the Woods (1933), along with a generous selection of stories left uncollected or unpublished at his death. (Sherwood Anderson: Collected Stories is also available as an e-book in all major formats.)

To celebrate this milestone edition of an essential American writer, The Library of America presents some of today’s leading short story writers reading their favorite Anderson stories from the collection.

Charles Baxter reads “The Corn Planting”
Uncollected story (1934)

Charles Baxter reads “Sister”
Uncollected story (1915)

Robert Boswell reads “Death in the Woods”
From Death in the Woods (1933)

Deborah Eisenberg reads “Adventure”
From Winesburg, Ohio (1919)

Patricia Hampl reads “Mother”
From Winesburg, Ohio (1919)

Siri Hustvedt reads “Paper Pills”
From Winesburg, Ohio (1919)

Ben Marcus reads “Certain Things Last”
Probably written during the early 1920s; not published in Anderson’s lifetime

Rick Moody reads “The Egg”
From The Triumph of the Egg (1921)

Antonya Nelson reads “Loneliness”
From Winesburg, Ohio (1919)

Benjamin Taylor reads “I’m a Fool”
From Horses and Men (1923)

Library of America
Curator

A champion of America’s great writers and timeless works, Library of America guides readers in finding and exploring the exceptional writing that reflects the nation’s history and culture.

Learn More
Publisher

From poetry, novels, and memoirs to journalism, crime writing, and science fiction, the more than 300 volumes published by Library of America are widely recognized as America’s literary canon.


Browse our books Subscribe
Non-Profit

With contributions from donors, Library of America preserves and celebrates a vital part of our cultural heritage for generations to come.

Support our mission