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Sinclair Lewis (1885–1951)

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Harry Sinclair Lewis was born on February 7, 1885 in Minnesota. He 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. A lonely child, Lewis immersed himself in reading and diary writing. mostra altro While studying at Yale University and living in writer Upton Sinclair's communal house, he wrote for Yale Literary Magazine and helped to build the Panama Canal. After graduating from Yale in 1908, Lewis began writing fiction, publishing 22 novels by the end of his career. His early works, while often praised by literary critics, did not reach popularity but with Main Street (1920), Babbitt (1922), Arrowsmith (1925), Elmer Gantry (1927), and Dodsworth (1929), Sinclair Lewis achieved fame as a writer. His style of choice was satire; he explored American small-town life, conformity, hypocrisy, and materialism. Sinclair Lewis was married and divorced twice. As his career wound down, he spent his later life in Europe and died in Rome on January 10, 1951. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra meno

Opere di Sinclair Lewis

Babbitt (1922) 4,967 copie
La via principale (1920) 4,015 copie
It Can't Happen Here (1935) 3,233 copie
Il dottor Arrowsmith (1925) 2,045 copie
Elmer Gantry (1927) 1,504 copie
Kingsblood Royal (1947) 541 copie
Main Street / Babbitt (1992) 374 copie
Ann Vickers (1933) 169 copie
Free Air (1919) 142 copie
The Prodigal Parents (1899) 95 copie
Opera d'arte (1932) 91 copie
Gideon Planish (1943) 78 copie
Avventura al Canada (1926) 76 copie
The God Seeker (1949) 75 copie
The Job (1917) 74 copie
World So Wide (1950) 71 copie
Sinclair Lewis 59 copie
The Trail of the Hawk (1915) 35 copie
The Man Who Knew Coolidge (1928) 35 copie
Elmer Gantry [1960 film] (1960) — Novel — 35 copie
The Days of the King (1924) — Prefazione — 25 copie
Storm in the West (1963) 10 copie
Stories (1981) 8 copie
Hike and the Aeroplane (1912) 7 copie
The Ghost Patrol (1946) 5 copie
Let's Play King (1935) 4 copie
The Best is Yet to Be (1994) 3 copie
Minnesota Diary, 1942-46 (2000) 3 copie
The Willow Walk (1989) 3 copie
Die Hauptstraße 2 (1985) 3 copie
Aire libre - Hermann Lauscher - Vida azarosa — Collaboratore — 2 copie
Best-in-books (1961) 2 copie
Gesammelte Erzählungen (1974) 2 copie
Young Man Axelbrod (2014) 2 copie
Opere 2 copie
Walt Disney's Bongo (a Big Golden book) (1947) — Original story — 2 copie
Carceles de mujeres (1980) 1 copia
oil 1 copia
Seni Sevmek Kaderim (2022) 1 copia
بابت 1 copia
Eso no puede pasar aquí (2017) 1 copia
Fő utca 1 copia
VAHSI ASK 1 copia
Wotk of Art 1 copia
Vid ratten 1 copia
Moths in the Arc Light (2014) 1 copia
2018 1 copia
Babbitt (2022) 1 copia
Keep out of the kitchen. (1929) 1 copia
Omicidio post-mortem (2016) 1 copia
Fuego otoänal : novela (1974) 1 copia
Dragon's Teeth (1977) 1 copia
Vzuch Zadarmo 1 copia

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Il vecchio e il mare (1950) — Introduzione, alcune edizioni29,879 copie
Per chi suona la campana (1940) — Introduzione, alcune edizioni18,521 copie
Short Story Masterpieces (1954) — Collaboratore — 659 copie
A Subtreasury of American Humor (1941) — Collaboratore — 274 copie
The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime (2009) — Collaboratore — 176 copie
Twenty Grand Short Stories (1967) — Collaboratore — 155 copie
The Norton Book of Travel (1987) — Collaboratore — 109 copie
Fun and Fancy Free [1947 film] (1947) — Writer — 104 copie
The Best American Humorous Short Stories (1945) — Collaboratore — 82 copie
Great Stories by Nobel Prize Winners (1959) — Collaboratore — 72 copie
The Fantastic Pulps (1975) — Collaboratore — 70 copie
The Arbor House Treasury of Mystery and Suspense (1981) — Collaboratore — 51 copie
The Lucifer Society (1971) — Collaboratore — 39 copie
An American Omnibus (1933) — Collaboratore — 31 copie
Dodsworth [1936 film] (1936) — Original story — 28 copie
Rogues' Gallery: The Great Criminals of Modern Fiction (1945) — Collaboratore — 27 copie
The Panorama of Modern Literature (1934) — Collaboratore — 14 copie
Nobel Writers on Writing (2000) — Collaboratore — 14 copie
New Stories for Men (1941) — Collaboratore — 13 copie
Arrowsmith [1931 film] (1931) — Original novel — 10 copie
The Three Readers (1943) — A cura di, alcune edizioni5 copie
The Fireside Treasury of Modern Humor (1963) — Collaboratore — 5 copie
Famous stories of five centuries (1934) — Collaboratore — 4 copie
American Short Stories (1978) — Collaboratore — 3 copie
A Reader for Writers — Collaboratore — 2 copie
Twelve Great Modern Stories, A New Collection — Collaboratore — 1 copia
Modern American short stories (1963) — Collaboratore — 1 copia
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Collaboratore — 1 copia


Informazioni generali

Nome canonico
Lewis, Sinclair
Nome legale
Lewis, Harry Sinclair
Altri nomi
Lewis, Red
Graham, Tom
Data di nascita
Data di morte
Luogo di sepoltura
Greenwood Cemetery, Sauk Centre, Minnesota, USA
Nazione (per mappa)
Luogo di nascita
Sauk Centre, Minnesota, USA
Luogo di morte
Rome, Italy
Causa della morte
advanced alcoholism
Luogo di residenza
Sauk Centre, Minnesota, USA
Helicon Home Colony, Englewood, New Jersey, USA
Carmel, California, USA
Washington, D.C., USA
New York, New York, USA
Rome, Italy (mostra tutto 9)
Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Thorvale Farm, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA
Barnard, Vermont, USA
Oberlin Academy
Yale University (AB|1908)
Attività lavorative
short-story writer
sold fiction plots to novelist Jack London
editor (mostra tutto 12)
advertising manager
Thompson, Dorothy (wife|divorced)
Lewis, Grace Hegger (wife|divorced)
Lewis, J. P. Sinclair (grandson)
Wharton, Edith (friend)
Acheson, Dean (friend)
Shirer, William L. (friend) (mostra tutto 8)
Kruif, Paul de (friend)
Jordan, Elizabeth Garver (editor)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature ∙ 1935)
National Institute of Arts and Letters (vice president)
Helicon Home Colony, Englewood, New Jersey
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California writers' colony
Transatlantic Tales, New York, New York (assistant editor)
Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa (reporter) (mostra tutto 14)
Associated Press, San Francisco (staff writer)
Volta Review, Washington, D.C. (staff member)
Frederick A. Stokes (publisher), New York, New York (manuscript reader)
Adventure, New York, New York (assistant editor)
Publisher's Newspaper Syndicate, New York, NY (editor)
George H. Doran (publisher), New York, NY (editorial assistant, advertising manager, and full-time writer)
Newsweek (columnist)
Esquire (columnist)
Premi e riconoscimenti
Nobelprijs voor Literatuur (1930)
Edith Haggard



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KirjaJussi | 94 altre recensioni | Nov 6, 2023 |
Americans Behaving Badly (but not too badly) in Florence (Italy)

Sinclair Lewis was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. He was the first author from the Americas to receive the Nobel prize for literature. He died in 1951 and World So Wide his last novel was published posthumously later that year. I have not previously read anything by Lewis and probably reading a final novel in a successful career is not likely to find him at his best, however I enjoyed this read well enough.

Hayden Chart a 35 year old architect from Colorado drives his car off the road late at night after a party. He survives the wreck but his wife Caprice is killed. Whilst recovering in hospital he reflects on his life which has become a mad scramble to make money and being child free he decides to head out to Europe on a years sabbatical. His interest in architecture and Italian art leads him to Florence where he finds a room in a pension run by an American woman. He meets professor Olivia Lomond an American making her living as a researcher in renaissance history, she seems obsessed by her work and Hayden at first struggles to make contact with her, but slowly they fall in Love. When another American Lorenzo Lusgard bursts into the ex-pats community with his quarter-back (American football) good looks and brash charm, Olivia is swept off her feet. Roxanna another American from Colorado and old friend of Hayden arrives on the scene after having been fired from her job as a journalist in Paris. She soon joins the ex-pat community that now appears to circle around the dynamic Lorenzo Lusgard who is putting together a teaching programme to popularise the Italian Renaissance for the folks back home.

The fussing and fighting between the four protagonists seems to take place in a vacuum with Florence providing a beautiful backdrop. Sinclair Lewis had a reputation for light satire on his fellow American's fight to gain success in a capitalist society and this is evident in this depiction of Americans in Europe. His central character Hayden Chart is a steady going kind man who is at times overwhelmed by his compatriots. Some strong female characters holding their own in a professional capacity adds to the idea of a novel ahead of its time, but this is not the case: my impression from this book is that he is still writing from a between the wars perspective, which is a period when he had his greatest success as a novelist. There is a little too much potted history but Lewis comes into his own when describing a few days out in Venice which he captures brilliantly 3.5 stars.
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baswood | 4 altre recensioni | Nov 4, 2023 |
It's curious that Sinclair Lewis chose to illustrate his satire on small town life through the eyes of a female character, Carol Kennicott, nee Milford. It is really his description of his own small Minnesota town that he is writing about.

Carol is a young woman raised in St. Paul by an intellectual father, who graduates from college knowing she wants to make a difference, though not how to do that. After working for a few years as a librarian, she meets Will Kennicott, a doctor from the small town of Gopher Prairie, marries and goes to live there. From the start, she hates the ugly prairie town, but is determined to change it, and the people in it.

One of my criticisms is that the book goes on and on and on describing the small town pettiness of the neighbors, the ugliness of the buildings. I think I got the idea about 50 pages in. Another problem is that Carol is a rather two-dimensional character; I don't think Sinclair understands this woman. He describes her husband, the hard working, plain speaking rural doctor with more feeling, more understanding. And then there is the writing, which is fine prose, but reads more like a magazine article than a story. And there isn't much of a story here. Very little happens.

I found I did understand what Lewis was trying to say about small town life; it was my own experience growing up in a small town 40 years later. I guess it was different and new when it was published, the fact that he was criticizing small-town America. But I don't think that much has really changed.
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fromthecomfychair | 72 altre recensioni | Oct 15, 2023 |
A scathing and nuanced exploration of how people can be terrible in general and small town America can be terrible in particular. This book proves why Lewis was popular during his life and highlights the shame of the fact that he’s more or less forgotten today. My favorite character was Miles Bjornstam, a hard working but caustic and critical Swedish immigrant who felt like someone visiting Lewis’s world from an Upton Sinclair novel.

Autolycus21 | 72 altre recensioni | Oct 10, 2023 |


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