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The two traveled extensively throughout the South, touring factories and studying labor conditions, which became the theme of many of his works during the 1930s. During his lifetime, Anderson authored 27 works, including collections of short stories, seven novels, and several collections of poems. Selected works include Beyond Desire (1932); Death in the Woods and Other Stories (1933); Puzzled America, a book of essays based on his extensive travels throughout the United States (1935); and Kit Brandon, a novel (1936).
A dystopic tale about the role of women in society, The Handmaid’s Tale was also made into a major motion picture, starring Natasha Richardson and Faye Dunaway. Since the mid-1960s, Atwood has published more than 40 books, including novels, collections of poetry, short story collections, children’s books, and volumes of literary criticism. In addition, she has edited a handful of anthologies, written television scripts, and made several audio recordings.
He continued to write feverishly in his free time. In 1914, Sherwood and Cornelia divorced. That same year he married Tennessee Mitchell. It was not until 1916 that Anderson began publishing his works. His first two novels, Windy McPherson’s Son (1916) and Marching Men (1917), focused on psychological themes and depicted the inhabitants of Midwestern villages in their pursuit of success and disillusionment of attaining that success. His talent was not widely recognized by critics, however, until his collection of stories, Winesburg, Ohio, was published in 1919.
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