Books: Album for a Classic

SHERWOOD ANDERSON'S MEMOIRS-Harcourt, Brace ($3.75).

The peculiar and important thing about this new, and conspicuously informal, American classic is that it belongs far less to the literate reader than to those who read so little that talk can still mean more to them than print-provided it be plain and friendly, sensible talking. For Sherwood Anderson's life story has many things in common with their own, and so has his way of telling it.

His mother, in her girlhood, was bonded-out to an Ohio farmer. Sherwood and his sister and his brothers were deeply poor children...

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