Thursday, February 07, 2008

Happy birthday, Sinclair Lewis.

Born today in Minnesota in 1885 was Sinclair Lewis, the first American to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature (he declined the Pulitzer Prize for Arrowsmith [1925]; go here to learn why). Notable works include Main Street (1920), Babbitt (1922), Elmer Gantry (1927), Dodsworth (1929), and It Can't Happen Here (1935). Once married to journalist Dorothy Thompson, he died in 1951.

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