Brooks would visit Sherwood Anderson at his brother Karl Andersons home by the beach. Anderson was the author of the groundbreaking Winesburg, Ohio and may be most remembered for his influential effect on the next generation of young writers, as he inspired William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and Thomas Wolfe. He helped gain publication for Faulkner and Hemingway, Robert Frost, Scott Fitzgerald, and Paul Rosenfeld.
Andersons’ 1923 novel Many Marriages– Fitzgerald wrote to Anderson praising him and to Perkins ‘[that he] is one of the very best and finest writers in the English language today’ . Anderson and Fitzgerald were at a party at Theodore Dreiser’s in New York City in the spring of 1923.