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Mencken, and Sinclair Lewis, it was Ernest Hemingway who taught him that he'd have to start from scratch, begin all over (143).
In the famous speech he delivers before the Zenith Real Estate Board (that Sinclair Lewis had originally intended to open the novel), (16) Babbitt reads the doggerel of his celebrity poet/advertising friend Chum Frink.
In addition to teaching American literature, Miura is also known as a translator of Betty Friedan's ''The Feminine Mystique'' and ''Elmer Gantry,'' written by Sinclair Lewis.
Russo follows to some extent in the footsteps of authors such as Sinclair Lewis and Sherwood Anderson.
In 1930, social critic and fellow playwright Sinclair Lewis defined O'Neill's impact on American theater: "O'Neill has done nothing much in American drama save to transform it utterly in the last ten or 12 years from a false world of neat and competent trickery to a world of splendor, fear, and greatness.
Passing for white, a phenomenon that once captivated writers as diverse as Charles Chesnutt, Sinclair Lewis, Nella Larsen, and Mark Twain, no longer seems to engage contemporary novelists.
I say the latter because when Mallon writes about contemporaries such as Tom Wolfe, Don DeLillo, and Joan Didion or reassesses the likes of John O'Hara, Sinclair Lewis, and Truman Capote, he reveals not only a good deal about the writers under discussion but also, perhaps, even more about what piques his curiosity and engages his imagination.
Early in 1950, when rumors were spreading that he would take the Prize himself, he wrote to Joan Williams that "I had rather be in the same pigeon hole with Dreiser and Sherwood Anderson, than with Sinclair Lewis and Mrs.
Clemens (the eastern conservative) as opposed to Mark Twain (the irreverent western roughneck), Sinclair Lewis as part of the 1920s war between genteel culture and the iconoclasts, and Robert Frost as both the genial poet of American pastoralism and the tragic prophet of darkness.
Arrowsmith, by Nobel prize winner Sinclair Lewis, is now so creaky it is barely readable.
In 1935, Sinclair Lewis, the first American to win a Nobel Prize for literature, wrote a novel entitled It Can't Happen Here.