Free Air

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  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-04-18
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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Wealthy young socialite Claire Boltwood sets out with her father on a journey from Minneapolis to Seattle in a 70-horsepower Gomez-Dep roadster, one of the finest cars of the post-World War I era. For Milt Daggett, small-town mechanic and garage owner, a glimpse of their vehicle is as exciting as a comet to an astronomer. He's even more astonished by Claire, whose elegance and self-possessed manner inspire him to join the Boltwoods in their trek. It's a long way to the Pacific Northwest, but the greatest distance to surmount will be the class divide between Claire and Milt.
One of the earliest road trip novels, Free Air first appeared in 1919, just before Sinclair Lewis became famous with the publication of Main Street. His romantic tale of adventure in the days before interstate highways recaptures the lure of the American West and the exciting new freedom of the early days of the automobile.

Author Biography

Novelist, short story writer, and playwright Sinclair Lewis (1885–1951) was a native of Sauk Center, Wisconsin, and intimately acquainted with the small towns of the American heartland. In 1930 he became the first American writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Table of Contents

I. Miss Boltwood of Brooklyn is Lost in the Mud
II. Claire Escapes from Respectability
III. A Young Man in a Raincoat
IV. A Room Without
V. Release Brakes--Shift to Third
VI. The Land of Billowong Clouds
VII. The Great American Frying Pan
VIII. The Discovery of Canned Shrimps and Hesperides
IX. The Man with Agate Eyes
X. The Curious Incident of the Gresat Highway
XI. Sagebrush Tourists of the Great Highway
XII. The Wonders of Nature with all Modern Improvements
XIII. Adventurers by Firelight
XIV. The Beast of the Corral
XV. The Black Day of the Voyage
XVI. The Spectacles of Authority
XVII. The Vagabond in Greens
XVIII. The Fallacy of Romance
XIX. The Nightn of vEndless Pines
XX. The Free Woman
XXI. The Mine of Lost Souls.
XXII. Across the Roof of the World
XXIII. The Grael in a Back Yard in Yakima
XXIV. Her Own People
XXV. The Abyssinian Prince
XXVI. A Class in Engineering and Omelets
XXVII. The Viciousness oif Nice Things
XXVIII. The Morning Coat of Mr. Hudson B. Riggs
XXIX.The cEnemy Love
XXX. The Virtuous Plotters
XXXI. The Kitchen Intimate
XXXII. The Cornfield Aristocrat
XXXIII. Tooth-Mug-Tea
XXXIV. The Beginning of a Story     

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