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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3.77 avg rating — 23,532 ratings — published 1920 — 380 editions
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It Can't Happen Here

3.76 avg rating — 13,949 ratings — published 1935 — 336 editions
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Elmer Gantry

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Dodsworth

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Kingsblood Royal

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Free Air

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3.70 avg rating — 686 ratings — published 1919 — 47 editions
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3.59 avg rating — 286 ratings — published 1945 — 26 editions
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Polls

August 2017 New School Classic Poll

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  18 votes, 5.6%

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  14 votes, 4.3%

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