Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis

Arrowsmith tells the story of bright and scientifically-minded Martin Arrowsmith as he makes his way from a small town in the Midwest to the upper echelons of the scientific community. (He is born in Elk Mills, Winnemac, the same fictional state in which several of Lewis's other novels are set.) Along the way he experiences medical school, private practice as the only doctor in tiny Wheatsylvania, North Dakota, various stints as regional health official, and the lure of high-paying hospital jobs. Finally, Arrowsmith is recognized by his former medical school mentor, Max Gottlieb, for a scientific paper he has written and is invited to take a post with a prestigious research institute in New York. The book's climax deals with Dr. Arrowsmith's discovery of a phage that destroys bacteria and his experiences as he faces an outbreak of bubonic plague on a fictional Caribbean island. Martin's wife, Leora, is the steadying, sensible, self-abnegating anchor of his life. When Leora dies of the plague that Martin is sent to study and exterminate, he seems to lose all sense of himself and of his principles. The novel comes full circle at the end as Arrowsmith deserts his wealthy second wife and the high-powered directorship of a research institute to pursue his dream of an independent scientific career in backwoods Vermont.

The 488th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)
  2. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)
  3. - Recommended Books (Academy of Achievement)

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Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, Dodsworth (Library of America #133) Hardcover 454786 $23.21 $9.16 2002
Arrowsmith Mass Market Paperback 47665 $5.39 $2.22 2008
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Arrowsmith Hardcover 945420 $17.97 $8.70 1982
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Arrowsmith Sinclair Lewis Hardcover 7797588 $8.97 1934
Dr. Arrowsmith (Otras Latitudes) (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 304657 $8.79 2013
Martin Arrowsmith Paperback 7550806 $27.30 $3.35 2007
Martin Arrowsmith Hardcover 8308073 $5.29
Arrowsmith (H B J Modern Classic) Hardcover 2456615 $9.89 $1.48 1990
Arrowsmith [First Trade Edition] Hardcover 6422334 $5.00 1925