Sinclair Lewis, first North American to receive Nobel Prize in Literature

First North America presented the Nobel Prize in Literature was in 1930

Sinclair Lewis, an American writer, author of Main Street, Babbitt, Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, and other satirical novels of American life, was presented with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930.

Quote: “for his great and living art in painting life, with a talent for creating types with wit and humour.”

Additional Information:

  • Sinclair Lewis: Biographical
    To recount my life for the Nobel Foundation, I would like to present it as possessing some romantic quality, some unique character, like Kipling’s early adventures in India, or Bernard Shaw’s leadership in the criticism of British arts and economics.
  • Sinclair Lewis: Facts
    Prize motivation: “for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humour, new types of characters”
  • Sinclair Lewis: Nobel Lecture
    The American Fear of Literature | Were I to express my feeling of honor and pleasure in having been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, I should be fulsome and perhaps tedious, and I present my gratitude with a plain «Thank you».
  • Sinclair Lewis: Bibliography
    Works in English
  • Sinclair Lewis: Nominations
    Nominated on 1 occasion for the Nobel Prize in…
  • Sinclair Lewis – Wikipedia
    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 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.”
  • Sinclair Lewis (Author of Main Street) – Goodreads
    Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930 “for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters.”
  • Sinclair Lewis Biography – life, story, history, wife, school, young, son …
    Although Sinclair Lewis was one of the most famous American writers of the 1920s, today his popular, mildly satirical (poking fun at human folly) novels are valued mainly for their descriptions of social institutions and relationships of that time.
  • The 1935 novel that predicted the rise of Donald Trump | US news …
    If the US presidential campaign conveys a flavour of unreality, that may be because it is rooted in fiction. In 1935, Sinclair Lewis sat down to write a novel about political radicalisation and social upheaval in the depression-ravaged US.
  • Sinclair Lewis – New World Encyclopedia
    Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885 – January 10, 1951) was an American novelist and playwright. He has been called, “the conscience of his generation” for his satirical portrayals of American cultural manners and mores from small town provincialism to religious fundamentalism.
Date:
      1930
Name(s):
      Sinclair Lewis
Occupation:
      American writer

Sinclair Lewis

About:

Born:
      February 7, 1885, Sauk Centre, Minnesota, United States
Died:
      January 10, 1951, Rome, Italy
Spouse:
      Dorothy Thompson (m. 1928–1942), Grace Hegger Lewis (m. 1914–1928)

Quotes

Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.

Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.

Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.


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