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Sinclair Lewis : rebel from Main Street

Author: Richard R Lingeman
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The critic Edmund Wilson called Sinclair Lewis "one of the national poets." In the 1920s, Lewis fired off a fusillade of sensational novels, exploding American shibboleths with a volatile mixture of caricature and photographic realism. With an unerring eye for the American scene and an omnivorous ear for American talk, he mocked such sacrosanct institutions as the small town (Main Street), business (Babbitt),  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lingeman, Richard R.
Sinclair Lewis.
New York : Random House, c2002
(OCoLC)606611900
Online version:
Lingeman, Richard R.
Sinclair Lewis.
New York : Random House, c2002
(OCoLC)609205997
Named Person: Sinclair Lewis; Sinclair Lewis; Sinclair Lewis; Sinclair Lewis
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard R Lingeman
ISBN: 0679438238 9780679438236
OCLC Number: 46683456
Description: xxiii, 659 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Contents: Harry --
Go east, young man --
Seacoast of Bohemia --
Our Mr. Lewis --
Commuter --
"Satevenposter" --
Research magnificent --
Home front --
Looking for Main Street --
Washington merry-go-round --
Famooser --
Babbitts abroad --
Babbitt in London town --
Age of pep --
In search of Arrowsmith --
London season --
Designs for living --
Sounding brass --
Triumph of Gantryism --
Tears of things --
Dorothy and Red --
Travels on the left --
Zenith in Stockholm --
Thorns in the laurels --
Great woman --
Can it happen here? --
Political theater --
Exits and entrances --
Quiet mind --
On native ground --
Grand republic --
American dilemma --
Lion at evening --
Wanderer.
Responsibility: Richard Lingeman.
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"The critic Edmund Wilson called Sinclair Lewis "one of the national poets." In the 1920s, Lewis fired off a fusillade of sensational novels, exploding American shibboleths with a volatile mixture of caricature and photographic realism. With an unerring eye for the American scene and an omnivorous ear for American talk, he mocked such sacrosanct institutions as the small town (Main Street), business (Babbitt), medicine (Arrowsmith), and religion (Elmer Gantry). His shrewdly observed characters became part of the American gallery, and his titles became part of the language." "Bringing to bear newly uncovered correspondence, diaries, and criticism, Richard Lingeman, distinguished biographer of Theodore Dreiser, paints a sympathetic portrait - in all its multihued contradictions - of a seminal American writer who could be inwardly the loneliest of men and outwardly as gregarious as George Follansbee Babbitt himself. Lingeman writes with sympathy and understanding about Lewis's losing struggle with alcoholism; his stormy marriages, including one to the superwoman Dorothy Thompson, whose fame as a newspaper columnist in the 1930s outshone Lewis's fading star as a novelist; and his wistful, autumnal love for an actress more than thirty years younger than he."--Jacket.

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