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Best Sinclair Lewis Books: The Ultimate Collection

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Sinclair Lewis books.

1. It Can’t Happen Here (Signet Classics) (2014)

 Best Sinclair Lewis Books: The Ultimate CollectionIt Can’t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. Called “a message to thinking…
Author(s): Sinclair Lewis , Michael Meyer, et al.

2. Main Street (2018)

 Best Sinclair Lewis Books: The Ultimate CollectionFirst published in 1920, “Main Street” is a biting and satirical look at small town America. Set in the 1910s it follows the struggles of its heroine, Carol Milford, to adapt to small town life. Carol, a young and progressive librarian living in St Paul, Minnesota, falls in love with and marries Will Kennicott, a doctor who dreams of returning to the small town of his childhood. Carol agrees and they move to Gopher Prairie, Minnesota, a town modeled on Sinclair’s own hometown of Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Carol is disappointed by the town’s drab appearance and it’s provincial,…
Author(s): Sinclair Lewis

3. Arrowsmith (2008)

 Best Sinclair Lewis Books: The Ultimate CollectionArrowsmith, the most widely read of Sinclair Lewis’s novels, is the incisive portrait of a man passionately devoted to science. As a bright, curious boy in a small Midwestern town, Martin Arrowsmith spends his free time in old Doc Vickerson’s office avidly devouring medical texts. Destined to become a physician and a researcher, he discovers that societal forces of ignorance, greed, and corruption can be as life-threatening as the plague. Part satire, part morality tale, Lewis’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel illuminates the mystery and power of…
Author(s): Sinclair Lewis , Sally E. Parry, et al.

4. Babbitt (Dover Thrift Editions) (2003)

 Best Sinclair Lewis Books: The Ultimate CollectionProsperous and socially prominent, George Babbitt appears to have everything a man could wish: good health, a fine family, and a profitable business in a booming Midwestern city. But the middle-aged real estate agent is shaken from his self-satisfaction by a growing restlessness with the limitations of his life. When a personal crisis forces a reexamination of his values, Babbitt mounts a rebellion against social expectations — jeopardizing his reputation and business standing as well as his marriage.Widely considered Sinclair Lewis’s greatest novel, this satire of the American social landscape created a sensation upon its 1922…
Author(s): Sinclair Lewis

5. It Can’t Happen Here (Penguin Modern Classics) (2017)

 Best Sinclair Lewis Books: The Ultimate Collection‘An eerily prescient foreshadowing of current affairs’ Guardian ‘Not only Lewis’s most important book but one of the most important books ever produced in the United States’ New Yorker A vain, outlandish, anti-immigrant, fearmongering demagogue runs for President of the United States – and wins. Sinclair Lewis’s chilling 1935 bestseller is the story of Buzz Windrip, ‘Professional Common Man’, who promises poor, angry voters that he will make America proud and prosperous once more, but takes the country down a far darker path. As the new regime slides into…
Author(s): Sinclair Lewis

6. Babbitt: (with an introduction by Hugh Walpole) (2018)

 Best Sinclair Lewis Books: The Ultimate CollectionFirst published in 1922, “Babbitt” is Sinclair Lewis’ satire of American culture in the early part of the 20th century. In the years following World War I Americans began to idealize the middle-class lifestyle as a symbol of success, one crucial to the American identity. The successful self-made family man living in a Midwestern town began to symbolize the “American Dream”. The titular character of this novel, George F. Babbitt, is one such man. Babbitt is a successful middle-aged partner in a real estate firm who is married with three kids living in the fictional Midwestern town of Zenith. While having achieved the…
Author(s): Sinclair Lewis, Hugh Walpole

7. Main Street (Signet Classics) (2008)

 Best Sinclair Lewis Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe first of Sinclair Lewis’s great successes, shattered the sentimental American myth of happy small-town life with its satire of narrow-minded provincialism. Reflecting his own unhappy childhood in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, Lewis’s sixth novel attacked the conformity and dullness he saw in midwestern village life. Young college graduate Carol Milford moves from the city to tiny Gopher Prairie after marrying the local doctor, and tries to bring culture to the small town. But her efforts to reform the prairie village are met by a wall of gossip, greed, conventionality, pitifully unambitious cultural endeavors,…
Author(s): Sinclair Lewis, George Killough

8. Elmer Gantry (2007)

 Best Sinclair Lewis Books: The Ultimate Collection  Universally recognized as a landmark in American literature, Elmer Gantry scandalized readers when it was first published, causing Sinclair Lewis to be “invited” to a jail cell in New Hampshire and to his own lynching in Virginia. His portrait of a golden-tongued evangelist who rises to power within his church—a saver of souls who lives a life of duplicity, sensuality, and ruthless self-indulgence—is also the record of a period, a reign of grotesque vulgarity, which but for Lewis would have left no trace of itself. Elmer Gantry has been…
Author(s): Sinclair Lewis, Jason Stevens

9. Babbitt (Bantam Classics) (1998)

 Best Sinclair Lewis Books: The Ultimate CollectionWhen was first published in 1922, fans gleefully hailed its scathing portrait of a crass, materialistic nation; critics denounced it as an unfair skewering of the American businessman. Sparking heated literary debate, became a controversial classic, securing Sinclair Lewis’s place as one of America’s preeminent social commentators.Businessman George F. Babbitt loves the latest appliances, brand names, and the Republican Party. In fact, he loves being a solid citizen even more than he loves his wife. But Babbitt comes to resent the middle-class…
Author(s): Sinclair Lewis

10. Oil! (2007)

 Best Sinclair Lewis Books: The Ultimate CollectionPenguin Books is proud to now be the sole publisher of Oil!, the classic 1927 novel by Upton Sinclair. After writing The Jungle, his scathing indictment of the meatpacking industry, Sinclair turned his sights on the early days of the California oil industry in a highly entertaining story featuring a cavalcade of characters including senators, oil magnets, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist.This lively and panoramic book, which was recently cited by David Denby in the New Yorker as being Sinclair’s “most readable” novel, is now the inspiration for the Paramount Vantage major…
Author(s): Upton Sinclair

11. The Jungle (2015)

 Best Sinclair Lewis Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe Jungle is a 1906 novel written by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair (1878–1968). Sinclair wrote the novel to portray the harsh conditions and exploited lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago and similar industrialized cities. However, most readers were more concerned with his exposure of health violations and unsanitary practices in the American meatpacking industry during the early 20th century, based on an investigation he did for a socialist newspaper.The book depicts working class poverty, the lack of social supports, harsh and unpleasant living and working…
Author(s): Upton Sinclair

12. Babbitt (Oxford World’s Classics) (2010)

 Best Sinclair Lewis Books: The Ultimate CollectionAmusing and tragic by turn, Sinclair Lewis’s classic novel is a biting satire of middle-American values whose title has entered the language as a byword for smug complacency, conformity, and materialism, and whose suburban targets are still much in evidence. A successful real estate agent, George F. Babbitt is a member of all the right clubs, and unquestioningly shares the same aspirations and ideas as his friends and fellow Boosters. Yet even Babbitt dreams of romance and escape, and when his best friend does something to throw his world upside down, he rebels,…
Author(s): Sinclair Lewis, Gordon Hutner

13. Kingsblood Royal (Modern Library Classics) (2001)

 Best Sinclair Lewis Books: The Ultimate CollectionA neglected tour de force by the first American to win the Nobel Prize in literature, is a stirring and wickedly funny portrait of a man who resigns from the white race. When Neil Kingsblood a typical middle-American banker with a comfortable life makes the shocking discovery that he has African-American blood, the odyssey that ensues creates an unforgettable portrayal of two Americas, one black, one white.As timely as when it was first published in 1947, one need only open today’s newspaper to see the same issues passionately being discussed between blacks and whites that we find in , says Charles Johnson. Perhaps only now can…
Author(s): Sinclair Lewis, Charles Johnson

14. Study Guide: It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis (SuperSummary) (2019)

 Best Sinclair Lewis Books: The Ultimate CollectionSuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 95-page guide for “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 38 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like American Totalitarianism and The Conditions Necessary for Liberal Democracy to Survive….
Author(s): SuperSummary

Best Sinclair Lewis Books: The Ultimate Collection

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America first!: it's history, culture, and politics

Author(s): America First Committee.;Abbey, Edward;Buchanan, Patrick Joseph;Fulbright, James William;Kauffman, Bill;Kerouac, Jack;Lewis, Sinclair;Roosevelt, Alice Lee;Vidal, Gore
ID: 2596111, Publisher: Prometheus Books, Year: 2016, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub

Floating lives : the media and Asian diasporas

Author(s): John Sinclair, Stuart Cunningham, Josephine Fox, Gay Hawkins, Chalinee Hirano, Kee Pookong, Glen Lewis, Tina Nguyen, Manas Ray, Audrey Yue
ID: 1423524, Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Year: 2014, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

It Can’t Happen Here

Author(s): Sinclair Lewis
ID: 2463862, Publisher: Penguin Classics, Year: 2014, Size: 599 Kb, Format: epub

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