20th-Century Fiction by George Woodcock (auth.)

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Reading List: Anderson: His Life and Work by James E. Schevill, 1951; Anderson by Irving Howe, 1951 ; Anderson by Brom Weber, 1964; Anderson by Rex Burbank, 1964; The Achievement of Anderson: Essays in Criticism edited by Ray Lewis White, 1966; Anderson: ANDERSON 43 An Introduction and Interpretation by David D. Anderson, 196 7; The Road to Winesburg: A Mosaic of the Imaginative Life of Anderson by William A. Sutton, 1972; Anderson: A Collection of Critical Essays edited by Walter B. Rideout, 197 4; Anderson by Welford Dunaway Taylor, 1977.

The Romantic Lady and Other Stories. 1921. Piracy: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days. 1922. These Charming People (stories). 1923; selection as The Man with the Broken Nose and Other Stories, 1927. The Green Hat: A Romance for a Few People. 1924. May Fair, In Which Are Told the Last Adventures of These Charming People (stories). 1925; selection as The Ace of Cads and Other Stories, 1925. Ghost Stories. 1927. Young Men in Love. 1927. Lily Christine. 1928. Babes in the Wood (stories). 1929. The Ancient Sin and Other Stories.

He is a socially committed writer, and, though he denies the influence of Marx on his writing (he calls himself a rational humanist), there can be little doubt that his writing is to a certam extent influenced by Marxist theories. An advocate of equality and universal brotherhood, he believes in man's latent goodness which will triumph over evil given the right conditions. And it is socialism alone which can provide the right conditions for man's total development. Anand's characters invariably fall into three classes: the victims, who are usually the ANDERSON 41 protagonists ; the oppressors, those who oppose change and progress; and the good men.

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