Death in the Woods and Other Stories

Author: Sherwood Anderson

Language: English

Summary: The title story in this collection, ‘Death in the Woods’, first published in 1933, is widely regarded as a masterpiece. The narrator looks back at an incident in his childhood where an old woman dies in the cold – in life she was destined to feed those around her, after her death, he feeds from her too.

The narrator, looking back, tries to organize his memories and create a meaning and beauty out of them. Rather than remembering an aged woman, he remembers a beautiful, “statuesque” and almost marble figure.

The last story is about a dysfunctional family who experiences death in various ways – a potential physical death of a son and a rather more serious death that is not physical. It reflects on family relationships and how “enemies” among the family constantly occur, for example, a mother-daughter or father-son enmity.

Sherwood Anderson (1876 – 1941) was an American novelist and short story writer, known for subjective and self-revealing works. Anderson published several short story collections, novels, memoirs, books of essays, and a book of poetry. (google books)

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