Rebel From Main StreetBook - 2002
In 1930, he became the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. For all his use of humor and satire, "Red" Lewis's novels probed serious themes -- feminism (The Job, Main Street, Ann Vickers), science verses commercialism (Arrowsmith), racial prejudice (Kingsblood Royal), and native fascism (It Can't Happen Here).
Bringing to light new correspondence, diaries, and criticism, Richard Lingeman, the much-praised biographer of Theodore Dreiser, paints a sympathetic portrait of an American writer who was, on the inside, the loneliest of men and, on the outside, as gregarious as his creation George F. Babbitt. Lingeman writes with understanding and insight about Lewis's losing struggle with alcoholism and his marriages to the socially ambitious Grace Hegger and the super-careerwoman Dorothy Thompson. Sinclair Lewis: Rebel from Main S