One of the best resignation letters

July 28, 2013 § 2 Comments

Sherwood Anderson started out in advertising to make ends meet. He is not unique amongst a lot of creative types. A list of celebrated writers who started in advertising include Dr. Seuss, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Anderson worked as a copywriter until he was 41, after the success of his novel, when he finally resigned from the advertising agency life. Below is Sherwood Anderson’s amusing resignation letter.

 

Dear Barton:

You have a man in your employ that I have thought for a long time should be fired. I refer to Sherwood Anderson. He is a fellow of a good deal of ability, but for a long time I have been convinced that his heart is not in his work.

There is no question but that this man Anderson has in some ways been an ornament to our organization. His hair, for one thing, being long and messy gives an artistic carelessness to his personal appearance that somewhat impresses such men as Frank Lloyd Wright and Mr. Curtiniez of Kalamazoo when they come into the office.

But Anderson is not really productive. As I have said his heart is not in his work. I think he should be fired and if you will not do the job I should like permission to fire him myself. I therefore suggest that Anderson be asked to sever his connections with the company on [the first of next week]. He is a nice fellow. We will let him down easy but let’s can him.

Respectfully submitted,

Sherwood Anderson

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