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Sinclair Lewis

1885 - 1951

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Harry Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885 – January 10, 1951) was an American writer and playwright. In 1930, he became the first writer 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." He is best known for his novels Main Street (1920), Babbitt (1922), Arrowsmith (1925), Elmer Gantry (1927), Dodsworth (1929), and It Can't Happen Here (1935). His works are known for their critical views of American capitalism and materialism in the interwar period. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sinclair Lewis has received more than 1,936,149 page views. His biography is available in 90 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 89 in 2019). Sinclair Lewis is the 755th most popular writer (up from 793rd in 2019), the 883rd most popular biography from United States (down from 855th in 2019) and the 88th most popular American Writer.

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

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Among writers, Sinclair Lewis ranks 755 out of 5,755Before him are Zosimus, Olga Tokarczuk, Solomon Northup, Karl Harrer, Sidonius Apollinaris, and Adunis. After him are Agathias, Edmond de Goncourt, Douglas Adams, Miep Gies, Dalton Trumbo, and Multatuli.

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Among people born in 1885, Sinclair Lewis ranks 35Before him are Erich von Stroheim, Luigi Russolo, Tomoyuki Yamashita, Hermann Weyl, George Minot, and Alexander Löhr. After him are Heinrich Hoffmann, Hugo Boss, Hugo Sperrle, Clementine Churchill, Uzeyir Hajibeyov, and Giacomo Matteotti. Among people deceased in 1951, Sinclair Lewis ranks 18Before him are Hermann Broch, Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland, August Horch, Otto Ohlendorf, Maxim Litvinov, and Alfred Hugenberg. After him are Paul Blobel, Amélie of Orléans, Oswald Pohl, Zaifeng, Prince Chun, Harald Bohr, and William Randolph Hearst.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Sinclair Lewis ranks 883 out of 18,182Before him are Glenn T. Seaborg (1912), Jean Harlow (1911), Thelonious Monk (1917), Phil Spector (1939), Ferid Murad (1936), and John L. Hall (1934). After him are Halle Berry (1966), Little Richard (1932), Edward Norton Lorenz (1917), Al Jarreau (1940), Meg Ryan (1961), and Dalton Trumbo (1905).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Sinclair Lewis ranks 88Before him are Joseph Campbell (1904), Louise Hay (1926), L. Ron Hubbard (1911), Raymond Carver (1938), Mary Higgins Clark (1927), and Solomon Northup (1808). After him are Dalton Trumbo (1905), Stephen Covey (1932), Sherwood Anderson (1876), John Jacob Astor IV (1864), John Fante (1909), and Virginia Satir (1916).