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Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis - First trade edition - 1925 - from David Shaw and Biblio.com

Arrowsmith

by Sinclair Lewis

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This is a first trade edition of the 1925 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The book is VG+. The DJ is VG+ with small areas of expert restoration. An extremely attractive copy of this important early 20th century novel with the near impossible to find first issue dust jacket. The very first printing was a limited signed edition of 500 which common but not inexpensive. In 15 years of collecting I've only seen the first trade with a DJ twice. Arrowsmith influenced several generations of young professionals, especially medical students, who grappled to find purpose and meaning or as we might call it today, work / life balance. This 94 year old book sill reads well making it a standout among Pulitzer winning fiction.



Sinclair Lewis was born in 1885 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, and graduated from Yale University in 1908. His college career was interrupted by various part-time occupations, including a period working at the Helicon Home Colony, Upton Sinclair’s socialist experiment in New Jersey. He worked for some years as a free lance editor and journalist, during which time he published several minor novels. But with the publication of Main Street (1920), which sold half a million copies, he achieved wide recognition. This was followed by the two novels considered by many to be his finest, Babbitt (1922) and Arrowsmith (1925), which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1926, but declined by Lewis. In 1930, following Elmer Gantry (1927) and Dodsworth (1929), Sinclair Lewis became the first American author to be awarded the Nobel Prize for distinction in world literature. This was the apogee of his literary career, and in the period from Ann Vickers (1933) to the posthumously published World So Wide (1951) Lewis wrote ten novels that reveal the progressive decline of his creative powers. From Main Street to Stockholm , a collection of his letters, was published in 1952, and The Man from Main Street , a collection of essays, in 1953. During his last years Sinclair Lewis wandered extensively in Europe, and after his death in Rome in 1951 his ashes were returned to his birthplace.


  • Bookseller: David Shaw US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 1
  • Title: Arrowsmith
  • Author: Sinclair Lewis
  • Book condition: Used
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First trade edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace And Company
  • Date published: 1925
  • Keywords: pulitzer prize, key book, signed pulitzer, first edition, first printing, Sinclair Lewis, medical , medical history, medical school, doctor career, key book


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