Category Archives: Authors-Lewis Sinclair

It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis: A Review

I’ve struggled with writing a review after my second reading of It Can’t Happen Here. That’s not in any way due to the inherent difficulty of the material or concepts. It is due to the density of the novel’s writing, … Continue reading

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A Reading List, Modestly Proposed, for the Recognition of the New Not-Normal State of the World

In times of trouble, my first impulse is to look at things through the prism of literature and history. Many great minds have tackled the problems of authoritarianism before, in fiction and non-fiction. So in order to balance matters a … Continue reading

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If I Were Boss: The Early Business Stories of Sinclair Lewis: A Review

Most serious book and literature people have a list of classics that they haven’t, for whatever reason, read yet. Some also have a second list, of titles that they should have read in school, and then later in life picked … Continue reading

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The Man Who Knew Coolidge, by Sinclair Lewis: A Review

As far as I can recall, I’ve written all of two entries for Wikipedia. I gathered my resources and my notes, matched the format as best I could, and tried my damnedest to write coherently and in the approved style. … Continue reading

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Kingsblood Royal, by Sinclair Lewis: A Review

Sinclair Lewis’ fascinating but flawed race-parable is a frustrating novel, rewarding in places, but often unsatisfying. It fails in terms of plotting and a massively, wildly unresolved ending that any editor should have sent back for a re-draft. While Kingsblood Royal succeeds … Continue reading

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Free Air, by Sinclair Lewis: A Review

Free Air, Lewis’ 1919 novel adapted from a magazine serial, is the story of Claire Boltwood, a Brooklyn society girl. In a fit of indecision over marriage to a young man of promising prospects called Jeff Saxton, Claire has lured her … Continue reading

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Main Street, by Sinclair Lewis: A Review

The Main Street of a small town is the nucleus of much of that town’s activity, giving focus and gravity to the surrounding streets and houses. My own Main Street in my own personal version of Gopher Prairie was still a … Continue reading

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