Sinclair Lewis


Born
in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, The United States
February 07, 1885

Died
January 10, 1951

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Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930 "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 insightful and 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."

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Main Street

3.76 avg rating — 21,953 ratings — published 1920 — 304 editions
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3.65 avg rating — 19,345 ratings — published 1922 — 7 editions
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It Can't Happen Here

3.77 avg rating — 10,750 ratings — published 1935 — 179 editions
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Arrowsmith

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Elmer Gantry

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Dodsworth

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Kingsblood Royal

3.94 avg rating — 594 ratings — published 1947 — 26 editions
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Main Street / Babbitt

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Free Air

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3.68 avg rating — 616 ratings — published 1919 — 123 editions
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3.53 avg rating — 258 ratings — published 1945 — 24 editions
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Polls

July 2017 New School Classic Poll

 
  47 votes, 13.2%

 
  35 votes, 9.8%

 
  33 votes, 9.3%

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  28 votes, 7.9%

 
  28 votes, 7.9%

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, 1967, 192 pgs
 
  28 votes, 7.9%

The Godfather by Mario Puzo, 448 pgs, 1969
 
  26 votes, 7.3%

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, 1930, 267 pgs
 
  23 votes, 6.5%

 
  23 votes, 6.5%

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, 1996, 636 pgs
 
  19 votes, 5.3%

 
  14 votes, 3.9%

 
  13 votes, 3.7%

 
  11 votes, 3.1%

The Sea Wolf by Jack London, 1904, 425 pgs
 
  10 votes, 2.8%

Main Street by Sinclair Lewis, 1920, 454 pgs
 
  9 votes, 2.5%

 
  5 votes, 1.4%

Creation by Gore Vidal, 1981, 574 pgs
 
  3 votes, 0.8%

The Street by Ann Petry, 1946, 435
 
  1 vote, 0.3%

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