Party Banter Friday:
In Which A Librarian Provides You With An Interesting Fact to Make You More Popular During Weekend Socializing
If there’s anything we Midwesterners like more than fancy snacks (hot dips, tiny meats, deviled eggs), it’s fellow Midwesterners. This month’s party fact has to do with both:
On March 8, 1941, novelist Sherwood Anderson died of peritonitis after accidentally swallowing an hors d’oeuvre toothpick.
Unveil the above at this weekend’s gathering. It’s a bold I-am-well-read statement wrapped in a gentle reminder for guests to stop hoovering all the meatballs. In that way, this fact is like an hors d’oeuvre itself.
The Ohio-born Anderson, though he doesn’t pop up in your everyday list of famous classic authors, influenced many of the names that are on those lists, like Faulkner, Steinbeck, and Hemingway. Stuart Dybek, who we interviewed with 3to5, was also inspired by him.
Anderson was a self-educated writer, who one day walked out of his job in the roofing business to pursue his creative dream. By far, Anderson’s most successful work is the novel Winesburg, Ohio. He was also a much-lauded short story writer.
For your own enjoyment and enlightenment, you should read some Sherwood Anderson. A Midwestern fella we can be proud of. Also for more on fancy snacks, click here.
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