Sinclair Lewis (7, February, 1885 – 10 January, 1951) was a writer and a playwright from Sauk Centre, Minnesota .
- Mr. Lewis had a rough childhood. His father, a physician and strict disciplinarian, could not related to his sensitive son. Mr. Lewis even tried to run away from home at age 13 to, hoping to become a drummer boy in the Spanish-American War.
- The author graduated from Yale University in 1908. It took him longer to receive his bachelor’s degree because he took time off to work in a cooperative living colony in Englewood, NJ and to visit Panama.
- His first published works, short stories and poetry, were in the Yale Literary Magazine.
- His first book, Hike and the Aeroplane, published in 1912 was written under the nom de plume Tom Graham
- In the 1920s Mr. Lewis’ writing style was considered revolutionary.
- Mrs. Lewis, Grace Livingston nee Hegger, was an editor for Vogue Magazine. The couple had a son named Wells Lewis, after British author H. G. Wells.
- Wells Lewis served as an lieutenant in the US Army during World War II and was killed in action in France
- His novel, Main Street (1920) was projected to sell 25,000 copies. The novel sold 180,000 copies in six months, and two million within a few years. The novel made the Lewis family rich.
- He declined the Pulitzer Prize, which was awarded for his novel Arrowsmith (1925) because he was upset that Main Street didn’t win.
- Mr. Lewis was the first writer from the United States to get the Nobel Prize in Literature.
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