Rome, Italy American writer Although Sinclair Lewis was one of the most famous American writers of the s, today his popular, mildly satirical poking fun at human folly novels are valued mainly for their descriptions of social institutions and relationships of that time. Lewis and Emma Kermott Lewis. His father, grandfather, and older brother were all small-town doctors. Lewis was a lonely, awkward boy who liked to read.
Rome, Italy American writer Although Sinclair Lewis was one of the most famous American writers of the s, today his popular, mildly satirical poking fun at human folly novels are valued mainly for their descriptions of social institutions and relationships of that time.
Lewis and Emma Kermott Lewis. His father, grandfather, and older brother were all small-town doctors. Lewis was a lonely, awkward boy who liked to read. He began writing while in high school, and some of his articles appeared in Sauk Centre newspapers. After high school Lewis left Minnesota to study at Yale University in Connecticut, interrupting his education in to work briefly at Helicon Hall, a New Jersey socialist colony a group of people living and working together as equals for the benefit of all set up by the writer Upton Sinclair — After his graduation inLewis spent several years doing newspaper and editorial work in various parts of the United States.
His first four novels were all unsuccessful. In Lewis achieved instant worldwide recognition with the publication of Main Street, the story of a gifted young girl married to a dull, considerably older village doctor who tries to bring culture and imagination to empty, small-town life.
Next Lewis focused on the American businessman in Babbittperhaps his major work. Lewis purposely wrote in a fantastic style, ignoring formal plot development or structure. The creation of George F. One critic remarked, "If Babbitt could write, he would write like Sinclair Lewis.
Lewis, however, immediately refused the honor because the terms of the award required that it be given not for a work of value, but for a work that presents "the wholesome atmosphere of American Life.
Dodswortha sympathetic description of a wealthy, retired manufacturer seeking happiness in Europe, is more successful. Here Lewis makes little effort to hide his liking of, and even admiration for, the values described earlier in Babbitt. In Sinclair Lewis became the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, but this honor brought him little personal happiness.
Lewis produced a great deal of writing in the following years, but none of these works were as successful as his earlier efforts. Final years Lewis spent his last years traveling throughout Europe, unable to find publishers for his work and aware that his impact on American literature was far less than his early admirers had led him to believe.
Lewis was overshadowed by other American writers, including Ernest Hemingway — and William Faulkner —who had yet to appear when Lewis first attracted attention. Later critics also felt that the Nobel Prize Lewis had won in should have gone to the stronger novelist Theodore Dreiser — instead.
Increasingly self-conscious Sinclair Lewis. He died on January 10,of a heart attack in a small-town clinic just outside of Rome, Italy. Although Lewis is not considered to have been a great writer, his place in the history of American literature is secure.
The Rise of Sinclair Lewis, — Pennsylvania State University Press, Edited by George Killough.Sinclair Lewis was the first American writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, life, achievements, works & urbanagricultureinitiative.com Of Birth: Sauk Centre.
Sinclair Lewis lived from to The following is a time line of significant events in his life Born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, to Dr. Edwin J. Lewis and Emma Kermott Lewis.
Sinclair Lewis: Sinclair Lewis, American novelist and social critic who punctured American complacency with his broadly drawn, widely popular satirical novels.
He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in , the first given to an American. Lewis graduated from Yale University () and was for a time a reporter. Sinclair Lewis was an American novelist and playwright, best known as the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature for his satirical and critical, yet often sympathetic views of middle–class American life in the urbanagricultureinitiative.comh his novels, Sinclair expressed his views on such topics as narrow minds in small towns and .
Harry Sinclair Lewis was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, on February 7, , the third son of Edwin J. Lewis and Emma Kermott Lewis. His father, grandfather, and older brother were all small-town urbanagricultureinitiative.com: Jan 10, Sinclair Lewis.
The Life of Sinclair Lewis. Born in , in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, Henry Sinclair Lewis became the first American novelist to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.