Claire Bruyère on Sherwood Anderson and Dreiser



Claire Bruyere – Anderson and Dreiser TRANSLATION – final


“He does not tremble. Often I have thought of him as the bravest man who has lived in America in our times. Perhaps I exaggerate. He is a man of my own craft and always he has been a heroic figure in my own eyes.” — Sherwood Anderson, introduction to Theodore Dreiser, Free and Other Stories

Above is an excerpt from Sherwood Anderson: l’impuissance créatrice (Paris: Klincksieck 1986), by Claire Bruyère.

A personal note: I find Anderson’s embrace, at the outset, of the “revolutionary” ideals of the  American Communist left; and his subsequent reservations about “revolutionary fervor” morphing into a sort of Puritanism or intolerance very revealing. His ideas alluded to here are in accord with those of writers such as Edmund Burke and Sorokin whom I have been reading, and are in accord with my own grave misgivings about political correctness, cancel culture, and other contemporary movements wherein disagreement is seen as unpardonable among supposedly enlightened, “decent” people.


— posted by Roger W. Smith

   July 2021



1 thought on “Claire Bruyère on Sherwood Anderson and Dreiser

  1. irinamorogmailcom

    Dear Roger, thank you for posting this abstract. Great words. It is really strange that people nowadays forget that disagreement is a basis of democracy, and the demand of the total tolerance can give a birth to the total indifference and insensitivity.

    Всего доброго, И.В. Морозова



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