Anderson was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She attended Wellesley College. In 1901 she became literary editor of the Louisville Evening Post, where she built a reputation as one of the American south's most discriminating critics.
- The Flame in the Wind. Louisville, KY: J.P. Morton, 1913.
- The Study of Modern Painting. New York: Century, 1914.
- "Purple" in Poetry: A magazine of verse
- Margaret Steele Anderson in The Second Book of Modern Verse: "Song," "The Breaking"
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