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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... more »

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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.
  • In other countries, art and literature are left to a lot of shabby bums living in attics and feeding on booze and spaghetti, but in America the successful writer or picture-painter is indistinguishabl...
    Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), U.S. novelist. George Follansbee Babbitt, in Babbitt, ch. 14, sct. 3 (1922). Giving the annual address at the Zenith R...
  • ''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...
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