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.
- It Can’t Happen Here (Signet Classics) (2014)
- Main Street (2018)
- Arrowsmith (2008)
- Babbitt (Dover Thrift Editions) (2003)
- It Can’t Happen Here (Penguin Modern Classics) (2017)
- Babbitt: (with an introduction by Hugh Walpole) (2018)
- Main Street (Signet Classics) (2008)
- Elmer Gantry (2007)
- Babbitt (Bantam Classics) (1998)
- Oil! (2007)
- The Jungle (2015)
- Babbitt (Oxford World’s Classics) (2010)
- Kingsblood Royal (Modern Library Classics) (2001)
- Study Guide: It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis (SuperSummary) (2019)
It 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.
Main Street (2018)
First 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.
Arrowsmith, 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.
Prosperous 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.
‘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.
First 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.
The 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.
Elmer Gantry (2007)
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.
Babbitt (Bantam Classics) (1998)
When 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.
Penguin Books is proud to now be the sole publisher of Oil!, the classic 1927 novel by Upton Sinclair.
The Jungle (2015)
The 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.
Amusing 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.
A 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.
SuperSummary, 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.
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
Sinclair Lewis and American Democracy
Author(s): Steven J. Michels
ID: 3133558, Publisher: Lexington Books, Year: 2016, Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf
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
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