Early life of Margaret Anderson

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Born November 26, 1886 in Indianapolis, Indiana to a wealthy family. Father "was manager of the combined utilities and street railway system in Youngstown, Ohio" and mother "came from a distinguished family and was proud to be related to a Civil War governor." Growing up, lived in Youngstown, Ohio and Columbus, Indiana, and visited Lake Wawasee, Indiana during summers.

From 1903 to 1906, studied piano at Western College for Women in Oxford Ohio, but did not graduate. Bored by life in the Midwest, moved to Chicago with her sister in 1908, where she worked as a literary critic for the Interior (later the Continent) and the Chicago Evening Post's Friday Literary Review, edited by Floyd Dell. She also worked in a book store and for the Dial, "where she learned how to print, publish, and edit a journal."

Founded the Little Review in 1914.