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A Week in Literary History

February 7th, 2002

American novelist (Harry) Sinclair Lewis (Babbitt, 1922) is born in Sauk Centre, Minn., 1885. In 1930, he will win the Nobel Prize for literature.

Sinclair Lewis, b. February 7, 1885, d. 1951

lewissinclairportrait.jpgWhen Lewis won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1930, most of his best work was behind him. This is not an uncommon situation with the Nobel, but Lewis was only forty-five years old at the time. He went on writing but didn’t add substantially to the searing portrait he had painted in his early novels of a nation (the USA) in the grip of corporate greed, personal jealousies, and widespread hypocrisy. By the end, say with Cass Timberlane in 1945, he had become a more conservative novelist, content to allude to society’s faults without savaging them. But the novels from the Twenties still offer a wake-up call whenever America slides periodically, as it has now slid, into a trough of mindless consumerism.

Suggested Reading Main Street, 1920. Babbitt, 1922. Arrowsmith, 1925. Mantrap, 1925. Elmer Gantry, 1927. Dodsworth, 1929. Ann Vickers, 1933. Selected Short Stories, 1935. It Can’t Happen Here, 1935. Cass Timberlane, 1945. I’m A Stranger to Myself and Other Stories, 1962.

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