Sherwood Anderson's Correspondence
Sherwood Anderson's handwriting takes some getting used to before one can read it easily. Initally, the plan was to select items that were readable for the exhibit--in other words, items created on his typewriter. Ulitmately, though, the focus was on how Anderson spoke of his work, whether it was fiction, non-fiction, or the local newspapers in Marion, Virginia. Handwritten items in this section contain links in the captions to the complete item with transcripts.
Correspondence with J. J. Lankes
Between 1927 and 1941, Sherwood Anderson and J. J. Lankes traded hundreds of letters. The two were friends, colleagues, and professional collaborators. The Welford D. Taylor Collection on Sherwood Anderson, 1918-2006, n.d. (Ms2015-020) contains a small group of these letters, highlights of which appear here. The early letters from 1928, like many others, combine both personal (Anderson commenting on Lankes' concerns) and professional (Anderson requesting a mast head design for one of the two newspapers he had recently acquired, the Smyth County News and the Marion Democrat). The later letters include content on Anderson's project at the time, Perhaps Women. In addition, all of Anderson's letters provide some insight into his small town life in Marion, Virginia.
Correspondence with Llewellyn Jones
Llewellyn Jones was an American editor and author. From 1914-1932, he was the literary editor for the Chicago Evening Post. This collection contains eight letters written by Anderson to Jones between 1916 and 1924. The correspondence primarily discusses the reviews of Anderson's works by Jones and other critics.
This entire collection has been digitized and can be viewed online.