Sinclair Lewis Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Sinclair Lewis Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Early reviews praised or condemned Sinclair Lewis for a blend of realism and optimism; indeed, a curious mixture of almost naturalistic realism and a kind of romance characterized Lewis’s fiction throughout his career. He failed to solve the dichotomy in his novels, nor did he ever solve it for himself. If his characters sometimes behave as romantic rebels, so did Lewis, rebelling against a philistine lifestyle in which he was deeply rooted and to which he remained attached all his life. The five novels that made him famous, Main Street, Babbitt, Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, and Dodsworth, can be read as a series of variations on the same theme. Lewis exposed a United States dominated by...

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