None have their original dust jackets if issued with such. In 1914 sinclair lewis married grace livingston hegger, an editor at vogue. Sinclair lewis 18851951 first us writer to receive the nobel prize in literature. He died alone in italy in 1951, but the long arm of the small town reached out and brought him back to sauk centre, where he belonged. When you think you have his next move figured out he surprises you skip navigation. Main street and babbitt, once wrongly praised as exposes of the barrenness of middle america. They had one son, wells lewis, who was killed in action while serving in. Lewis, was born in sauk centre, minnesota, on 7th february 1885.
Arguably, he is the first major modern writer of the 20th century, as there is american literature before main street 1920 and after that seminal novel, which revolutionized writing in the us. Through his novels, sinclair expressed his views on such topics as narrow minds in small towns and insincere preachers. Sauk centre, a bucolic prairie town of 2,800, was home to mainly scandinavian families, and lewis said he attended the ordinary public school, along with many madsens, olesons, nelsons, hedins, larsons, many of whom would become the models for characters in his novels. Harry sinclair lewis february 7, 1885 january 10, 1951 was an american novelist. The film tells how wells was raised among the social elite but eventually found his own place by joining the greatest generation on the.
Sinclair lewis married grace livingston hegger, editor at vogue magazine, in 1914. Read sinclair lewis s biography, works and quotes online for free. Sinclair lewis family university of texas at austin. All i was able to find out was that the silver star was earned for unloading a burning ammunition truck under fire in sicily and the bronze star was earned for a secret mission behind enemy lines in france where he captured five german soldiers armed only with his. Guide to the sinclair lewis and josephine weil meyer. He won the nobel prize for literature in 1930, the first given to an american. Their son, wells, was named after the famous british writer h. Genealogy profile for wells lewis wells lewis 1917 1944 genealogy genealogy for wells lewis 1917 1944 family tree on geni, with over 190 million profiles of ancestors and living relatives. The author is the grandson of 20th century nobel laureate, and has published several historical novels of the american west. First to grace livingston hegger on april 15, 1914 in new york city and a son, wells lewis named for author h. Polly is the book i would take to my desert island. Lewiss son wells was killed in 1944 in world war ii combat in france. Find a grave millions of cemetery records and online.
Although stories of wells lewis refer to him earning the silver star and the bronze star, i was not able to find either citation. After an extremely unhappy childhood, he went to yale but left before graduation to work in upton sinclairs socialist colony at helicon hall in englewood, new jersey. Sinclair lewis was born on february 7, 1885, in sauk centre, minnesota. A collection of fortyfive books from sinclair lewis. English literature in transition, 18801920, volume 5. In 1930, he became the first writer from the united states to be awarded the nobel prize in literature, for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters. He was educated in both the united states and europe. Friendship, literary influence, and letters by martin light purdue university the correspondence between h. He was a journalist, novelist, shortstory and playwright writer. In 1919, the twostory brick building standing at 315 s. In 1930, he became the first writer from the united states and the first from the americas to receive the nobel prize in literature, which was awarded for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters. His final years lewis spent in europe suffering from failing health after a life of heavy drinking and a serious skin disease which irritated his.
The funeral took place on a blustery day, and sinclair lewiss ashes were scattered, accidentally, all over his native ground. Each issue of the sinclair lewis society newsletter includes scholarly articles on lewiss writings, columns on lewis in news and scholarship, information on sauk centre, news for book collectors, and. Sinclair lewis biography childhood, life achievements. A dreamer, at age he unsuccessfully ran away from home, wanting to become a drummer boy in the spanishamerican war. Sauk centres sinclair lewis, short story writer, novelist, and playwright, was the first american to win the nobel prize in literature. Sinclair lewis 1885 1951 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. Like mencken, he was dismissed as a young radical grown crusty and conservative. Harry sinclair lewis was born on february 7, 1885, in sauk centre, minnesota, the youngest of three boys. He modeled his early characterizations upon those of wells, imitated the wellsian satire and the wellsian tenderness, and thereby achieved a breakthrough for the stirrings that had been wasted in tennyson and water poetry as he called it and bland short fiction of little merit. Creator sinclair lewis family title sinclair lewis family papers dates.
He was born in sauk centre, minnesota, the son of a doctor. A brief portrait of the life of sinclair lewiss first son. The film tells how wells was raised among the social elite but eventually found his own. The middleclass businessman and resident of the upandcoming town of zenith who is the title. Sinclair lewis biography, quotes, works and writings.
He is known for his nonfiction work, particularly his coverage of financial crises and behavioral finance lewis was born in new orleans and attended princeton university where he. Sinclair lewis born on february 7, 1885, was one of the american authors in the 1920s for short stories, novels, and playwright. Anative of the midwestern united states, sinclair lewis 18851951 chronicled through novels and short stories the changes brought by the shift from a mainly rural, agricultural society to one that was increasingly urban and industrial. A collection of fortyfive books from sinclair lewiss library. Which sinclair novel is about a middleaged man who plays by the rules until he one day realizes his life is in a rut, eventually going on a road trip. Sinclair lewis became the first american writer to receive the nobel prize in literature in 1930. Lewis loved the bryans and the babbitts, the gantrys and the kennicotts. Lewis graduated from yale university 1907 and was for a time a reporter. The couple eventually divorced and wells was killed in world war ii. Sinclair lewis 18851951 won the nobel prize for literature in 1930, the first american novelist to be so honored. Of note is a heavily revised typescript of main street, typescripts of two biographies written by grace lewis, half a loaf and with love from gracie, personal memorabilia, and correspondence between the family members. Lewis quickly remarried, this time to the journalist dorothy thompson. This collection contains works and correspondence by and about american novelist sinclair lewis, his first wife grace hegger lewis, and their son wells.
Army in world war ii, specifically during the rescue of the lost battalion in the foretdechamp, near germany, in france. The thomas nelson and sons edition that i bought on amazon is a quality hardback that i shall treasure. Lewis derived from wells not only a background of social ideas but also a way of shaping such ideas into novels. Wells lewis was killed in action while serving in the u. He has also been a contributing editor to vanity fair since 2009, writing mostly on business, finance, and economics. After the prodigal parents, it was open season on sinclair lewis. His last novels, with the exception of cass timberlane, were anemic. Strained by lewiss inability to settle down, as well as his increasing fame, the marriage ended in 1928. There are a range of subjects represented in this selection which provide a nice insight into lewis literary and academic interests. Wells lewis was born on july26, 1917 to grace hegger lewis and sinclair lewis, an only child. Grace wrote about her life with lewis in her 1931 novel half a loaf and her 1951 autobiography with love from gracie.
He was born in sauk centre, minnesota and grew to become one of the most famous authors. A brief portrait of the life of sinclair lewis s first son. Each book bears either lewiss signature or initials and many are of biographical importance. They had one son, wells lewis 19171944, named after british author h. In the spring of 2003, sally parry, editor of the the sinclair lewis society. Sinclair lewis, controversial nobel prize laureate, led an interesting life. His father, a physician and strict disciplinarian, could not related to his sensitive son. Lewis married a second time to dorothy thompson on may 14, 1928 in england and they had a son, michael lewis. Sinclair lewis said when fascism comes to america it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross. Lewis browne, my grandmother rebecca tarlows brother, was a world traveler, author, rabbi, former rabbi, lecturer, socialist and friend of the literary elite h. The writer penned much of the manuscript for his novel main street in mankato.
Wells lewis is killed by a sniper in piedmont valley, france, during wwii. 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 1920s. Strained by lewiss inability to settle down, as well as his increasing fame. Harry sinclair lewis february 7, 1885 january 10, 1951 was an american novelist, shortstory writer, and playwright. Sinclair lewis was bornon february 07, 1885 in sauk centre, united states, is nobel prize winner in literature. The american writer, social activist, and noble laureate sinclair lewis wondered why big audiences came to hear lectures given by authors. I have known little struggle, not much poverty, many generosities.
I even suspect he may have been copying charles dickens style. They had one son, wells lewis, who later joined the us army and was killed in action during the second world war. Sinclair lewis, american novelist and social critic who punctured american complacency with his broadly drawn, widely popular satirical novels. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content h.667 1168 1035 1493 441 281 522 1086 230 169 930 1593 485 486 281 789 851 1332 860 731 1239 1303 1195 484 1228 1638 625 238 1257 346 284 399 1143 1293 396 155 74 768 15 552 335 164 43 321 401 876 359 164 563 309