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The Sweetness of Twisted Apples: Sherwood Anderson in the Village


Sherwood Anderson is special to Hudson Park because I believe, I hope, that he used the branch. After all, he lived right across the street at 12 St. Luke's Place.

Sherwood Anderson, 1876-, Digital ID 102812, New York Public LibrarySherwood Anderson, 1876-, Digital ID 102812, New York Public LibraryOf course, like many Village writers he was not from the Village. He was from Ohio, like his most famous work, Winesburg, Ohio.

Here are two quotes from that work:

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

"The Book of the Grotesque"

On the trees are only a few gnarled apples that the pickers have rejected. They look like the knuckles of Doctor Reefy's hands. One nibbles at them and they are delicious. Into a little round place at the side of the apple has been gathered all of its sweetness. One runs from tree to tree over the frosted ground picking the gnarled, twisted apples and filling his pockets with them. Only the few know the sweetness of the twisted apples.

"Paper Pills"

Sherwood Anderson's birthday is September 13.


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A humble experience

I live near to Sherwood's birthplace. I wrote of my experience of driving out to see where he was from.

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