Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885 - January 10, 1951) was an American novelist and playwright.Born Harry Sinclair Lewis in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, he began reading books at a young age and kept a diary.
A dreamer, at age 13 he unsuccessfully ran away from home, wanting to become a drummer boy in the Spanish-American War. At first, he produced romantic poetry, then romantic stories about knights and fair ladies. By 1921 he had six novels published.
In 1930, Sinclair Lewis became the first American author to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The award reflected his ground-breaking work in the 1920s on books such as Main Street (1920), Lewis-sinclair/work/2214' >Babbitt (1922), and Lewis-sinclair/work/2219' >Arrowsmith (1925). He was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Lewis-sinclair/work/2219' >Arrowsmith, but declined it because he believed that the Pulitzer was meant for books that celebrated American wholesomeness and his novels, which were quite critical, should not be awarded the prize.
Lewis was innovative for giving strong characterization to modern working women and his concern with race. Restless, he traveled a lot and in the 1920s he would spend time with other great artists in the Montparnasse Quarter in Paris, France where he would be photographed by Man Ray.
Alcohol would play a dominant role in his life and he died of the effects of advanced alcoholism in Rome, Italy.
He created the fictional cities of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota and Zenith, Winnemac.
Notable works by Sinclair Lewis
- Ann Vickers
- Arrowsmith Elmer Gantry Dodsworth
- Bethel Merriday
- Cass Timberlane
- Cass Timberlane a Novel Of Husbands and Wives
- Cass Timberlane By Sinclair Lewis 1945
- Elmer Gantry
- Free Air
- Gideon Planish
- It Can't Happen Here
- Kingsblood Royal
- Lewis At Zenith
- Main Street
- Main Street the Story Of Carol Kennicott
- Martin Arrowsmith
- Our Mr Wrenn
- Sam Dodsworth
- Selected Short Stories Of Sinclair Lewis
- Sinclair Lewis
- The God-Seeker
- The Innocents
- The Job
- The Man From Main Street
- The Man Who Knew Coolidge
- The Prodigal Parents
- The Trail Of the Hawk
- Work Of Art
- World So Wide