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By: Adam Kotrous February 7, 1885
Sauk Centre, Minnesota
January 10, 1951 Rome, Italy
He was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright Type of Literature
His works are known for their insightful and critical views of American capitalism and materialism between the wars. He is also respected for his strong characterizations of modern working women. Impact on Literature Famous Works
Main Street and Babbitt were his famous works. Famous Works Main Street would be his masterpiece. In its first six months, Main Street sold 180,000 copies and within a few years, sales were estimated at two million. Hike and the Aeroplane (1912) (as Tom Graham)
Our Mr. Wrenn (1914)
The Trail of the Hawk (1915)
Tennis As I Play It (1915), ghostwritten for Maurice McLoughlin
The Innocents (1917)
The Job (1917)
"The Willow Walk" (1918) (short story)
Free Air (1919)
Main Street (1920)
Elmer Gantry (1927)
The Man Who Knew Coolidge (1928)
Ann Vickers (1933)
Work of Art (1934)
It Can't Happen Here (1935)
Jayhawker (1935) (play)
Selected Short Stories (1935)
"Little Bear Bongo" (1936) (short story)
The Prodigal Parents (1938)
Bethel Merriday (1940)
Gideon Planish (1943)
Cass Timberlane (1945)
Kingsblood Royal (1947)
The God-Seeker (1949)
World So Wide (1951)
There are two insults no human being will endure: that he has no sense of humor, and that he has never known trouble.
Lewis's earliest published creative work—romantic poetry and short sketches—appeared in the Yale Courant and the Yale Literary Magazine, of which he became an editor. After graduation Lewis moved from job to job and from place to place in an effort to make ends meet, write fiction for publication and to chase away boredom. In 1930, Lewis won the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first writer from the United States to receive the award. Lewis praised Theodore Dreiser, Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, and others.
Lewis married Grace Livingston Hegger, an editor at Vogue magazine.
Lewis divorced Grace in 1925
He married Dorothy Thompson, a political newspaper columnist. Early Life and Influences Little Bear Bongo
was used by Walt Disney Pictures in Fun and Fancy Free in 1940. Babbitt was converted into a silent film Works Adapted Main Street Summary Masterpiece Quote: Carol Milford is a liberal, free-spirited young woman, reared in the metropolis of Saint Paul, Minnesota. She marries Will Kennicott, a doctor, who is a small-town boy at heart.
When they marry, Will convinces her to live in his home-town of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota. Carol is appalled at the backwardness of Gopher Prairie. But her disdain for the town's physical ugliness and smug conservatism compels her to reform it.
She speaks with its members about progressive changes, joins women's clubs, distributes literature, and holds parties to liven up Gopher Prairie's inhabitants. Despite her friendly, but ineffective efforts, she is constantly derided by the leading cliques.
She finds comfort and companionship outside her social class. These companions are taken from her one by one.
In her unhappiness, Carol leaves her husband and moves for a time to Washington, D.C., but she eventually returns. Nevertheless, Carol does not feel defeated
Largely a satire of American culture, society, and behavior, it critiques middle-class American life and its pressure toward conformity. Babbitt Summary Mr. Wrenn, an employee of a novelty company quits his job after inheriting a fortune from his father. He decides to go traveling.
The book did not get major reviews but most of the reviews said it was a fresh first novel with a different slant. The New York Times said "This rather whimsical story is well off the usual line of fiction in its conception and especially in its leading character.'' and compared it to Charles Dickens Our Mr. Wrenn Summary