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Lewis, Sinclair 1885-1951

Works: 1,646 works in 6,149 publications in 37 languages and 148,416 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Satire  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Political fiction  Drama  Radio plays  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of introduction, Dedicatee, Honoree, Actor, Creator, Scenarist, Other, Interviewee, Conceptor, Commentator, Correspondent, Speaker
Classifications: PS3523.E94, 813.52
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Most widely held works about Sinclair Lewis
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Most widely held works by Sinclair Lewis
Main Street & Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis( Book )

527 editions published between 1920 and 2014 in 21 languages and held by 14,380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Main Street (1920), Lewis's first triumph, was a phenomenal event in American publishing and cultural history. Lewis's idealistic, imaginative heroine, Carol Kennicott, longs "to get [her] hands on one of these prairie towns and make it beautiful," but when her doctor husband brings her to Gopher Prairie, she finds that the romance of the American frontier has dwindled to the drab reality of the American Middle West. Carol first struggles against and then flees the social tyrannies and cultural emptiness of Gopher Prairie, only to submit at last to the conventions of village life. The great romantic satire of its decade, Main Street is a wry, sad, funny account of a woman who attempts to challenge the hypocrisy and narrow-mindedness of her community
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis( Book )

625 editions published between 1922 and 2014 in 20 languages and held by 12,688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George F. Babbitt is a hustling, prosperous real estate broker in a city of about 350,000. Back of his business and clubs and 100% activities is a wistful wonder as to what this business of living is all about
Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis( Book )

244 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 6,688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After years of work as a small town doctor and a research scientist, Arrowsmith heads for the West Indies with a serum to halt an epidemic. A tragic turn of events forces him to come to terms with his career and his personal life
Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis( Book )

252 editions published between 1927 and 2015 in 18 languages and held by 5,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

High pressure evangelism's effect on title character
It can't happen here; a novel by Sinclair Lewis( Book )

127 editions published between 1935 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 4,198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dark satire about the rise of a fascist American dictator
Dodsworth; a novel by Sinclair Lewis( Book )

232 editions published between 1921 and 2014 in 17 languages and held by 4,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A middle-aged American retires and he and his wife go to Europe where they find a new set of values and relationships
Cass Timberlane, a novel of husbands and wives by Sinclair Lewis( Book )

96 editions published between 1945 and 2009 in 9 languages and held by 3,140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marriage of a judge and his unstable young wife in a small Minnesota town
Kingsblood royal by Sinclair Lewis( Book )

57 editions published between 1946 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 2,892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Man discovers one of his forebears was a Negro and experiences what it is to be a Negro in a northern town where presumably prejudice is non-existent
Our Mr. Wrenn the romantic adventures of a gentle man by Sinclair Lewis( )

119 editions published between 1193 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 2,291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This charming 1914 novel--the author's first--tells the tale of Mr. William Wrenn, a meek bachelor who works at a tedious job and dreams of traveling to exotic lands. His only escape entails frequent visits to the moving picture shows; but after a small inheritance comes his way, Wrenn is able to actualize his dream of going abroad. He travels--and returns to New York City a changed man. In fact, this new perspective leads to positive changes in all aspects of Our Mr. Wrenn's life
If I were boss the early business stories of Sinclair Lewis by Sinclair Lewis( )

7 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 2,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of stories on the corporate world, written earlier this century by Sinclair Lewis. Set in New York, the subjects range from back-stabbing to office romance
Ann Vickers by Sinclair Lewis( Book )

138 editions published between 1923 and 1994 in 16 languages and held by 1,985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biographical novel of an intelligent, energetic woman portraying her interest in social work and prison reform
Free air by Sinclair Lewis( Book )

88 editions published between 1919 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claire Boltwood and her father drive their roadster cross-country, braving all the perils of early motoring. But the greatest distance to be overcome is the social one, between Claire's upper-class society and an unpretentious mechanic named Milt
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis( )

58 editions published between 1974 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the surface, everything is all right with Babbitt's world of the solid, successful businessman. But in reality, George F. Babbit is a lonely, middle-aged man. He doesn't understand his family, has an unsuccessful attempt at an affair, and is almost financially ruined when he dares to voice sympathy for some striking workers. Babbitt finds his only safety lies deep in the fold of those who play it safe. He is a man who has added a new word to our language: a "Babbitt," meaning someone who conforms unthinkingly, a sheep
Gideon Planish, a novel by Sinclair Lewis( Book )

73 editions published between 1940 and 2004 in 10 languages and held by 1,542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A quack with dream of swaying the masses and his extravagant and financially ambitious wife
Arrowsmith ; Elmer Gantry ; Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis( Book )

41 editions published between 1925 and 2004 in 10 languages and held by 1,541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Arrowsmith, Lewis portrays the medical education and career of a physician whose idealistic commitment is tested by the greed and opportunism he encounters at all levels of his profession. Elmer Gantry dramatizes the growing tension between secularism and fundamentalism in 1920s America through the portrait of a glib and self-serving preacher relentlessly pursuing worldly pleasure and power. Dodsworth depicts the unraveling marriage of an American industrialist and his restless wife as they travel through Europe, and explores the contrasts between European cultural tradition and American commercialism"--Publisher description
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis( )

32 editions published between 1967 and 2011 in English and held by 1,515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carol Milford, educated, sophisticated, and energetic, has ambitious plans for her life. Her studies have prepared her to join an enlightened, progressive society. But after she becomes Carol Kennicott, the wife of a small town physician, she quickly learns that she is to be nothing more than a gracious wife. Frustrated and torn between the challenge of social change and the comfort of personal security, she begins to understand the cost of conformity--and rebellion
The God-seeker : a novel by Sinclair Lewis( Book )

37 editions published between 1949 and 1975 in 3 languages and held by 1,485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Missionary to Sioux Indians becomes a builder in St. Paul and organizes a non-segregated union
The prodigal parents : a novel by Sinclair Lewis( Book )

54 editions published between 1938 and 2004 in 6 languages and held by 1,428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daughter, inclined towards communism, and hard drinking brother want mother and father to continue to support them
The job : an American novel by Sinclair Lewis( Book )

88 editions published between 1917 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Working girl Una Golden is caught in the dilemmas of career or marriage, office or kitchen, boss or husband, birth control or motherhood
Selected short stories of Sinclair Lewis by Sinclair Lewis( Book )

36 editions published between 1935 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirteen stories feature romantic fantasy, adventure, romance, satire, and emotional sketches
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Audience level: 0.27 (from 0.10 for Main Stree ... to 0.37 for Free air ...)

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Alternative Names

controlled identityGraham, Tom, 1885-1951

Ghaham, Tom 1885-1951

Graham, Tom.

Graham, Tom 1885-1951

Lewis, Harry S. 1885-1951

Lewis, Harry Sinclair.

Lewis, Harry Sinclair 1885-1951

Lewis, Sinclair

Líuis, Sinkler.

Lʹi︠u︡is, Sinkler 1885-1951

Luis, Sinkler.

Luʾis, Sinḳler 1885-1951

Luiss, Sinklers, 1885-1951

Luyisi, Xinlelai, 1885-1951

Льюис, Синклер, 1885-1951

לואיס, סינקלייר

לואיס, סינקליר

לואיס, סינקלעיר 1885־1951

לואיס, סינקלר

לואיס, סינקלר 1885־1951

לויס, סינקלער

سنكلير لويس، 1885-1951

ルイス, シンクレア

路易斯, 辛克来, 1885-1951

BabbittArrowsmithElmer GantryIt can't happen here; a novelDodsworth; a novelCass Timberlane, a novel of husbands and wivesKingsblood royalOur Mr. Wrenn the romantic adventures of a gentle man