Monday, March 06, 2017

Hmm …

Sinclair Lewis, American Prophet | Literary Hub. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

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.

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