Creator / Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951) was an American author and the first American winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. (He also won a Pulitzer Prize, which he rejected). He achieved fame for his satiric portrayals of American life. His novels Main Street, Babbitt, Elmer Gantry and It Can't Happen Here remain well known, though many of his other novels remain in print as well. The film Dodsworth is based on one of his novels. Little Bear Bongo, which he wrote as short story for Cosmopolitan magazine, was adapted by Walt Disney in 1947 as a segment of the animated feature film Fun and Fancy Free.


    Works: 

  • Hike and the Aeroplane (Published under a pseudonym) (1912)
  • Our Mr. Wrenn (1914)
  • The Trail of the Hawk (1915)
  • The Job (1917)
  • The Innocents (1917)
  • Free Air (1919)
  • Main Street (1920)
  • Babbitt (1922)
  • Arrowsmith (1925)
  • Mantrap (1926)
  • Elmer Gantry (1927)
  • The Man Who Knew Coolidge (1928)
  • Dodsworth (1929)
  • Little Bear Bongo (1930)
  • Ann Vickers (1933)
  • Work of Art (1934)
  • It Can't Happen Here (1935)
  • The Prodigal Parents (1938)
  • Bethel Merriday (1940)
  • Gideon Planish (1943)
  • Cass Timberlane (1945)
  • Kingsblood Royal (1947)
  • The God-Seeker (1949)
  • World So Wide (posthumous) (1951)

Novels by Sinclair Lewis with their own pages include:

Other works by Sinclair Lewis contain examples of:

  • Brotherhood of Funny Hats: Babbitt explains in bitingly satirical terms the importance of the Brotherhood of Funny Hats to the upstanding 1920s businessman. The protherhoods to which Babbitt himself belongs—the Elks and Rotary—aren't particulalry BOFH-ish, but he does mention that the Masons, Shriners, etc., serve the same purpose and which club you join is more or less inconsequential.
  • Fictional Province: Lewis used the fictional state of Winnemac, with its biggest city Zenith and a smaller town named Springfield as locations for his books.
  • No Communities Were Harmed: Sinclair Lewis created the fictional city of Zenith, Winnemac (later identified as being approximately where Toledo, Ohio is) for a number of his books.
  • Protagonist Title: Used repeatedly (Babbitt, Arrowsmith Elmer Gantry, Dodsworth, Ann Vickers...)
  • Wacky Americans Have Wacky Names: Babbitt, which satirizes American society and culture. has supporting characters with names like Vergil Gunch, Professor Joseph K. Pumphrey, Chester "Chet" Laylock, Mat Penniman, T. Cholmondeley "Chum" Frink, Tanis Judique and Carrie Nork.

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