Sinclair Lewis

(1885 - 1951 / Sauk Centre, Minnesota, United States)

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Harry Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885 – January 10, 1951) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. 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." His works are known for their insightful and critical views of American society and capitalist values, as well as for their strong characterizations of modern working women.

He has been honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a Great Americans series postage stamp.

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  • ''Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.''
    Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), U.S. novelist. Interview, December 29, 1930, Berlin, Germany.
  • ''Damn the great executives, the men of measured merriment, damn the men with careful smiles, damn the men that run the shops, oh, damn their measured merriment.''
    Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), U.S. novelist. Martin Arrowsmith, in Arrowsmith, ch. 25 (1925).
  • ''Our American professors like their literature clear and cold and pure and very dead.''
    Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), U.S. novelist. speech, Dec. 12, 1930, to Swedish Academy, Stockholm; accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature. Quoted in L...
  • ''“Wed get sick on too many cookies, but ever so much sicker on no cookies at all.”
    ― Sinclair Lewis
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