Sinclair Lewis
#600 Overall Influence

Sinclair Lewis

American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright


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From Wikipedia

Harry Sinclair Lewis was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. In 1930, he became the first writer from the United States to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, which was awarded "for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters." His works are known for their critical views of American capitalism and materialism between the wars. He is also respected for his strong characterizations of modern working women. H. L. Mencken wrote of him, "[If] there was ever a novelist among us with an authentic call to the trade ... it is this red-haired tornado from the Minnesota wilds." He has been honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a postage stamp in the Great Americans series.

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  • Study Guide: Babbitt

    Babbitt is a satirical novel of the roaring twenties. It addresses the “American Dream” as was idolized by the middle class in early 20th century America. Moreover, this satirical work points to the attitudes, values, and beliefs of the American middle class living in such a prosperous time, with an emphasis on security and conformity.


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Oberlin College
Oberlin College

Private liberal arts college in Oberlin, Ohio, United States

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Yale University
Yale University

Private research university in New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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#327 World Rank #71 USA Rank
#622 World Rank #415 USA Rank