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date: 14 June 2024

Lewis, Sinclairlocked

Lewis, Sinclairlocked

  • Richard Lingeman

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Sinclair Lewis, conceivably the most famous American novelist of the 1920s, was as well a leading figure in the literary renaissance of that decade, a critical realist whose novels achieved national and international popularity. The 1920s was his “great decade” in which his most acclaimed and enduring novels appeared: Main Street (1920), Babbitt (1922), Arrowsmith (1925), Elmer Gantry (1927), and Dodsworth (1929). And in 1930 he crowned his 1920s achievements by becoming the first American author to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Although his luster dimmed during the 1930s, he showed remarkable staying power, issuing provocative and popular novels through the 1940s and remaining one of the best-known American authors.

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  • North American Literatures

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