SHERWOOD ANDERSON (271 pp.)Irving HoweSloane ($3.50).
SHERWOOD ANDERSON, HIS LIFE AND WORK (360 pp.)James SchevillUniversity of Denver ($4).
Like most serious writers, Sherwood Anderson spent a lot of time and words trying to explain himself to other people and to himself. Like most such efforts, the results were imperfect. In Tar, A Story Teller's Story and Memoirs, he fumbled earnestly to understand what made him tick as boy, man, husband (four times), peripatetic adman and writer.
He became preoccupied with the problem of himself even in his letters: "This I do knowthat the only thing that saves me from being a plain son-of-a-bitch is...