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Sherwood Anderson

Sherwood Anderson (September 13, 1876 – March 8, 1941) was a mostly self-educated American novelist, short story writer and poet who started his writing career in 1912 after a nervous breakdown (or what would be called a "fugue state" today) that he had when he seemed to be at the apex of success (until then he had been a businessman). His most enduring work is Winesburg, Ohio (1919), a collection of interrelated short stories often focusing on loneliness and frustration, while his best-selling book is Dark Laughter (1925). In 1971 Anderson's final home, the Ripshin Farm (Troutdale, Virginia), became a National Historic Landmark. Anderson was inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame in 2012 and into the Autism Hall of Fame in 2016. He is featured as most likely autistic in Writers on the Spectrum: How Autism and Asperger Syndrome Have Influenced Literary Writing by Julie Brown. Read more about this remarkable writer, his life and his books on his Wikipedia page.