Sinclair Lewis was born 7 February 1885, and died 10 January 1951
- If you want to be a writer, learn to type.
- The author says one character's definition of a classic is any book he'd heard of before he was thirty.
- Our American professors like their literature clear and cold and pure and very dead.
- If that woman is on the side of the angels, then I have no choice; I must be on the side of the devil.
- It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write.
- When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.
- When audiences come to see us authors lecture, it is largely in the hope that we’ll be funnier to look at than to read.
- There are dozens of young poets and fictioneers most of them a little insane in the tradition of James Joyce, who, however insane they may be, have refused to be genteel and traditional and dull.
- Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe, polite, obedient, and sterile. In protest, I declined election to the National Institute of Arts and Letters some years ago, and now I must decline the Pulitzer Prize.
- We have the power to bore people long after we are dead.
Lewis was the first American to win a Nobel Prize in Literature. He wrote novels about average Americans doing non-average things. He is best known for Main Street, Arrowsmith, and Elmer Gantry.
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