Summer Wrap-Up: The Newberry Library and Thesis Focusing

I finished up the summer portion of my honors research with a week-long trip to Chicago, with a day stop in Anderson’s hometown of Clyde, Ohio. I got rear-ended by an old lady outside of Hagerstown, Maryland, which put a little damper on the start of the trip, but I made it in one piece […]

Update: The UVA Collection of Old Things

Fountain pen on antique  letters and empty sheet

Since my last update I’ve learned that some biographers are better than others, and it is important to know the difference. I’ve been reading Walter Rideout’s multi-volume biography on Anderson, which has been interesting, enlightening, and a bit slower going than I anticipated. On the other side of things, I spent two full days this week […]

A Start: Sherwood Anderson, Sinclair Lewis, and Feeling Overwhelmed

Winesburg Map

“In the beginning when the world was young there were a great many thoughts but no such thing as a truth.” Sherwood Anderson starts off Winesburg, Ohio with this grand thesis of human existence. I started off my honors research a few weeks ago and now have a great many thoughts as well, but often […]