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American Literature
Library of America
Sinclair Lewis

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Sinclair Lewis. Main Street & Babbitt
Main Street & Babbitt book jacket Edited by: John Hersey
Library of America
ISBN: 0-940450-61-5
Series Number: 59
Product Code: 200602; 898 pages
Price: $40.00
The famous satirical novels of America's first Nobel Prize winner for literature. Main Street was Lewis' first triumph, a phenomenal event in American publishing and cultural history. In George F. Babbitt, the boisterous, vulgar, worried, gadget-loving real-estate man, he fashioned a new and enduring figure in our literature--the total conformist--and captured the noisy restlessness of American commercial culture. H. L. Mencken wrote: "I know of no American novel that more accurately presents the real America."


Sinclair Lewis. Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, Dodsworth
Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, Dodsworth book jacket Edited by: Richard Lingeman
Library of America
ISBN: 1-931082-08-1
Series Number: 133
Product Code: 201402
Price: $40.00
Written at the height of his powers in the 1920s, the three novels in this volume continue the vigorous unmasking of the pretenses and hypocrisies of American middle-class life begun by Sinclair Lewis in Main Street and Babbitt.

In Arrowsmith (1925) Lewis portrays the medical education and career of Martin Arrowsmith, a physician who finds his commitment to the ideals of his profession tested by the cynicism and opportunism he encounters in private practice, public health work, and scientific research. The novel reaches its climax as its hero faces his greatest medical and moral challenges amid a deadly outbreak of plague on a Caribbean island.

Elmer Gantry (1927) aroused intense controversy with its brutal depiction of a hypocritical preacher in relentless pursuit of worldly pleasure and power. Through his satiric examination of American evangelical religion, Lewis captures the growing cultural and political tension during the 1920s between the forces of secularism and fundamentalism.

Dodsworth (1929) follows Sam Dodsworth, a wealthy, retired Midwestern automobile manufacturer, as he travels through England, France, Germany, and Italy with his increasingly restless wife, Fran. The novel intimately explores the unraveling of their marriage while pitting the proud heritage of European high culture against the rude vigor of ascendant American commercialism.

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