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Master of Arts




Sherwood Anderson published only a few plays and, beside his lasting contributions to American literature (such as Winesburg, Ohio), these plays are of little literary value. To the student of Anderson, however, they are important not only because they reflect one of the many facts of Anderson's interest in literature but also because, near the end of his life, his dramatic attempts reflect concern for his literary career. Although his interest in the theater began early, he turned to the writing of plays later when suffered through long periods of time in which he could not crate the kind of fiction which he justly felt was his true calling. Anderson's enthusiasm for the theater was genuine and seemingly not initiated by hope of monetary gain. However, his dramatic attempts, along with his political and newspaper activities of the thirties, are probably most accurately viewed as an effort by Anderson to revive the urge to create and to regain his slipping reputation.