Sinclair Lewis





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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May 2016 New School Group Read

1972, Watership Down by Richard Adams, 478 pages
 
  31 votes, 13.8%

 
  28 votes, 12.5%

1903, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, 172 pages
 
  26 votes, 11.6%

 
  22 votes, 9.8%

 
  21 votes, 9.4%

 
  19 votes, 8.5%

1913, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, 134 pages
 
  15 votes, 6.7%

1957, On the Beach by Nevil Shute, 296 pages
 
  13 votes, 5.8%

1993, Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh, 448 pages
 
  12 votes, 5.4%

 
  10 votes, 4.5%

1922, Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis, 356 pages
 
  9 votes, 4.0%

1936, Mephisto by Klaus Mann, 272 pages
 
  6 votes, 2.7%

1924, We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, 225 pages
 
  5 votes, 2.2%

1933, Lost Horizon by James Hilton, 241 pages
 
  4 votes, 1.8%

1989, The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, 544 pages
 
  3 votes, 1.3%

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