Sinclair Lewis

1885 - 1951

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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 author from the United States (and the first from the Americas) 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." Lewis wrote six popular novels: Main Street (1920), Babbitt (1922), Arrowsmith (1925), Elmer Gantry (1927), Dodsworth (1929), and It Can't Happen Here (1935). Several of his notable works were critical of American capitalism and materialism during the interwar period. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sinclair Lewis has received more than 2,234,719 page views. His biography is available in 94 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 90 in 2019). Sinclair Lewis is the 780th most popular writer (down from 749th in 2019), the 870th most popular biography from United States (up from 883rd in 2019) and the 82nd most popular American Writer.

Sinclair Lewis is most famous for his novel, Main Street, which satirizes the American small town.

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Notable Works

Main Street
It Can't Happen Here
Political fiction
Elmer Gantry


Among writers, Sinclair Lewis ranks 780 out of 7,302Before him are William McMaster Murdoch, Valerius Maximus, Alexander Blok, Eleanor Marx, V. S. Naipaul, and Demetrius Vikelas. After him are Georg Brandes, Raymond Carver, Tove Ditlevsen, Ibn al-Muqaffa', Menippus, and Theodore Beza.

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Among people born in 1885, Sinclair Lewis ranks 32Before him are Heinrich Brüning, Karl Radek, George Minot, Sabina Spielrein, Alexander Löhr, and Heinrich Hoffmann. After him are Hugo Boss, Hermann Weyl, Erich von Stroheim, Hugo Sperrle, Luigi Russolo, and Kato Svanidze. Among people deceased in 1951, Sinclair Lewis ranks 18Before him are Hermann Broch, August Horch, Otto Ohlendorf, Alfred Hugenberg, Maxim Litvinov, and Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland. After him are Amélie of Orléans, Harald Bohr, Zaifeng, Prince Chun, Paul Blobel, Ivanoe Bonomi, and Óscar Carmona.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Sinclair Lewis ranks 870 out of 20,380Before him are Thomas Harris (1940), Neal Cassady (1926), Theodore Schultz (1902), Glenn T. Seaborg (1912), John Sherman (1823), and Oliver E. Williamson (1932). After him are Vivian Maier (1926), Matthew McConaughey (1969), Jason Robards (1922), Wyatt Earp (1848), John Reed (1887), and Hulk Hogan (1953).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Sinclair Lewis ranks 82Before him are William Saroyan (1908), Robert E. Howard (1906), John Dos Passos (1896), Robert Ludlum (1927), Thomas Harris (1940), and Neal Cassady (1926). After him are Raymond Carver (1938), Leon Uris (1924), Maya Angelou (1928), Daniel Keyes (1927), Neale Donald Walsch (1943), and John Fante (1909).