Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. In 1930, he became the first writer from the United States 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.

Books

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  1. 1. Babbitt

    "Babbitt" is a satirical novel that explores the life of a prosperous, middle-aged businessman living in a Midwestern city during the 1920s. Despite his apparent success and conformity to societal norms, the protagonist feels a deep dissatisfaction with his life and the monotony of his daily routines. This leads him to rebel against the conservative values of his community, resulting in personal and social upheaval. The book critically examines the American middle class and the pressures of conformism, materialism, and status anxiety.

    The 237th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Main Street

    This novel is a satirical critique of small-town life, following the story of a young, ambitious woman who moves from the city to a quiet, conservative town in the Midwest with her new husband. Despite her attempts to bring culture and progress to the town, she is met with resistance and ostracism from the closed-minded locals. The protagonist's struggle against traditional norms and her ultimate disillusionment highlight the stifling conformity and lack of intellectual stimulation in rural America.

    The 413th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Arrowsmith

    The novel follows the life of a bright and dedicated young man, Martin Arrowsmith, who dreams of making significant contributions to medical science. He faces a constant struggle between his ambition and the demands of his professional and personal life. His journey takes him from a small Midwestern town to the prestigious universities of the East Coast, and eventually to a deadly outbreak in the Caribbean. Throughout his journey, he grapples with the corruption, greed, and mediocrity that he finds pervading the medical field, all while trying to remain true to his scientific ideals.

    The 1297th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Elmer Gantry

    This novel follows the life of a charismatic but morally bankrupt man who rises to power within the American religious scene of the early 20th century. Despite lacking any true spiritual conviction, he uses his charm and oratory skills to manipulate his way through the ranks of the church, exploiting religion for personal gain and influence. Throughout his journey, he encounters various characters who represent the spectrum of faith and skepticism, challenging his views and revealing the complexities of morality, hypocrisy, and redemption. The story serves as a critical examination of religious institutions and the individuals who exploit faith for selfish ends, all while exploring themes of power, corruption, and the search for genuine spirituality.

    The 4169th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Dodsworth

    The novel follows the journey of Sam Dodsworth, a recently retired American automobile magnate, as he embarks on a European tour with his restless wife Fran. Throughout their travels, the couple encounters cultural differences and personal revelations that test their marriage and individual values. As Fran seeks excitement and social status among the European elite, Sam finds himself drawn to the continent's history and slower pace of life. The narrative explores themes of American versus European sensibilities, the search for identity and purpose in later life, and the strains of marriage against the backdrop of changing social norms in the early 20th century.

    The 4641st Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. It Can't Happen Here

    The novel is a cautionary tale that depicts the rise of a populist politician who becomes President of the United States by exploiting economic and social fears. Once in power, he imposes authoritarian rule, tramples on civil liberties, and pushes the country toward fascism. The story serves as a grim warning about the fragility of democracy and the dangers of demagoguery, illustrating how easily a free society can be overtaken by a dictatorship when the populace is swayed by promises of easy solutions to complex problems.

    The 7191st Greatest Book of All Time