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Sherwood Anderson

Data di nascita: 13. Settembre 1876
Data di morte: 8. Marzo 1941

Sherwood Anderson è stato uno scrittore statunitense che si è dedicato soprattutto al racconto breve .

È noto al pubblico soprattutto grazie alla raccolta di racconti Winesburg, Ohio che ebbe un'influenza profonda sulla letteratura e sulla narrativa americana e l'eco del suo stile e delle sue opere può essere facilmente rintracciata negli scritti di Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, John Steinbeck e altri.

„Io sono uno che ama e non ho trovato la cosa da amare.“

„Ogni essere umano al mondo è come Gesù Cristo, e per questo motivo sarà crocefisso.“ da The Philosopher

„Sono un amante che non ha trovato l'oggetto del suo amore.“ dal racconto Tandy della raccolta Winesburg, Ohio, The Modern Library, New York, 2002, p. 128

„La sua mente era trascinata via dalla crescente passione per i sogni. A guardarlo non aveva l'aria molto in gamba. Mentre il ricordo di quelle piccole cose gli occupava la mente, chiuse gli occhi e si appoggiò allo schienale. Rimase a lungo così e quando si mosse, e tornò a guardare dal finestrino, il suo paese era scomparso, e tutta la sua vita in quel luogo era diventata nient'altro che uno sfondo per dipingervi sopra i sogni della sua gioventù.“ da Winesburg, Ohio, The Modern Library, New York, 2002

„Dare to be strong and courageous. That is the road. Venture anything.“

„I am a lover and have not found my thing to love.“

„Love is like a wind stirring the grass beneath trees on a black night,' he had said. 'You must not try to make love definite. It is the divine accident of life. If you try to be definite and sure about it and to live beneath the trees, where soft night winds blow, the long hot day of disappointment comes swiftly and the gritty dust from passing wagons gathers upon lips inflamed and made tender by kisses.“ Winesburg, Ohio

„You must try to forget all you have learned,' said the old man. 'You must begin to dream. From this time on you must shut your ears to the roaring of the voices.“ Winesburg, Ohio

„There is a time in the life of every boy when he for the first time takes the backward view of life. Perhaps that is the moment when he crosses the line into manhood. The boy is walking through the street of his town. He is thinking of the future and of the figure he will cut in the world. Ambitions and regrets awake within him. Suddenly something happens; he stops under a tree and waits as for a voice calling his name. Ghosts of old things creep into his consciousness; the voices outside of himself whisper a message concerning the limitations of life. From being quite sure of himself and his future he becomes not at all sure. If he be an imaginative boy a door is torn open and for the first time he looks out upon the world, seeing, as though they marched in procession before him, the countless figures of men who before his time have come out of nothingness into the world, lived their lives and again disappeared into nothingness. The sadness of sophistication has come to the boy. With a little gasp he sees himself as merely a leaf blown by the wind through the streets of his village. He knows that in spite of all the stout talk of his fellows he must live and die in uncertainty, a thing blown by the winds, a thing destined like corn to wilt in the sun.“ Winesburg, Ohio: A Group of Tales of Ohio Small Town Life

„In that high place in the darkness the two oddly sensitive human atoms held each other tightly and waited. In the mind of each was the same thought. "I have come to this lonely place and here is this other," was the substance of the thing felt.“ Winesburg, Ohio

„Only the few know the sweetness of the twisted apples.“ Winesburg, Ohio

„I am a lover and have not found my thing to love. That is a big point if you know enough to realize what I mean. It makes my destruction inevitable, you see. There are few who understand that.“ Winesburg, Ohio

„Dare to be strong and courageous. That is the road. Venture anything. Be brave enough to dare to be loved. Be something more than man or woman. Be Tandy.“ Winesburg, Ohio

„There is within every human being a deep well of thinking over which a heavy iron lid is kept clamped.“

„In youth there are always two forces fighting in people. The warm unthinking little animal struggles against the thing that reflects and remembers“ Winesburg, Ohio

„In the beginning when the world was young there were a great many thoughts but no such thing as a truth. Man made the truths himself and each truth was a composite of a great many vague thoughts. All about in the world were the truths and they were all beautiful. [... ]

There was the truth of virginity and the truth of passion, the truth of wealth and of poverty, of thrift and of profligacy, of carelessness and abandon. Hundreds and hundreds were the truths and they were all beautiful.

And then the people came along. Each as he appeared snatched up one of the truths and some who were quite strong snatched up a dozen of them.

It was the truths that made the people grotesques. The old man had quite an elaborate theory concerning the matter. It was his notion that the moment one of the people took one of the truths to himself, called it his truth, and tried to live his life by it, he became a grotesque and the truth he embraced became a falsehood.“
Winesburg, Ohio

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