In his 1966 essay “Lewis’s Satire—A Negative Emphasis,” Daniel R. Brown offers an argument for Sinclair Lewis’s continued relevance: “The illiberality he exposed has not disappeared from the United States. Racial and religious bigotry, puritanical viciousness, business cheating and duplicity have not vanished. It is a serious mistake to dismiss Lewis’s novels as charming and quaint books filled with interesting if out-dated thoughts of American life.” Brown is right.Well, golly gee, sounds like America is inhabited by human beings. And Lewis is not exactly an elegant stylist.
Monday, March 06, 2017
…Sinclair Lewis, American Prophet | Literary Hub. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)