Bachelor of Arts
Autobiography, Sherwood Anderson, Genre, Art, America
This paper will consider autobiography from these various perspectives in search of a means of evaluation of autobiography in terms of the restrictions and potentials of the genre. The intention, the truth, the theme, or the formal value--alone-- are insufficient for a valid conception of the genre. Their interaction is what makes some autobiographies more than historical curiosities--what make them successful and enduring works of art. This study of American autobiography will focus on Sherwood Anderson's autobiography and autobiographical novel, A Storyteller's Story and Tar. Anderson deals with the familiar themes of American literature and American autobiography : the individual self and the American experience, freedom and determination, growth and success.
Bergmann, Linda S., "Sherwood Anderson and the Art of American Autobiography" (1972). Honors Papers. 755.