Sinclair Lewis Remembered

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  • Copyright: 2013-01-30
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Sinclair Lewis Rememberedis a collection of reminiscences and memoirs by contemporaries, friends, and associates of Lewis that offers a revealing and intimate portrait of this complex and significant Nobel Prizewinning American writer. After a troubled career as a student at Yale, Sinclair Lewis turned to literature as his livelihood, publishing numerous works of popular fiction that went unnoticed by critics. With the 1920s, however, came Main Street, Lewis's first critical success, which was soon followed by Babbitt, Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, and Dodsworth-five of the most influential social novels in the history of American letters, all written within one decade. Nevertheless, Lewis's Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930 led to controversy. Writers such as Theodore Dreiser, William Faulkner, and Thomas Mann expressed their dissent with the decision. Unable to match his previous success, Lewis suffered from alcoholism, alienated colleagues, and embraced unpopular political positions. The nadir for Lewis's literary reputation was Mark Schorer's 1961 biography, Sinclair Lewis: An American Life, which helped to legitimize the dismissal of Lewis's entire body of work. Recent scholarly research has seen a resurgence of interest in Lewis and his writings. The multiple and varied perspectives found in Remembering Sinclair Lewis, edited by Gary Scharnhorst and Matthew Hofer, illustrate uncompromised glimpses of a complicated writer who should not be forgotten. The more than 115 contributions to this volume include reminiscences by Upton Sinclair, Edna Ferber, Alfred Harcourt, Samuel Putnam, H. L. Mencken, John Hersey, Hallie Flanagan, and many others.

Table of Contents

Chronologyp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Sauk Centre: 1885-1903p. 11
Hazel Palmer Lynamp. 13
Isabel Lewis Agrellp. 15
New Haven and New Jersey: 1903-8p. 17
Chauncey Brewster Tinkerp. 19
William Lyon Phelpsp. 21
Henry Seidel Canbyp. 22
Leonard Baconp. 24
Upton Sinclairp. 26
Emile Gauvreaup. 28
Bohemia: 1908-19p. 29
William Rose Benétp. 31
Charles Hanson Townep. 36
Mary Heaton Vorsep. 38
Harrison Smithp. 40
Edna Ferberp. 42
William E.Woodwardp. 43
Elizabeth Jordanp. 46
W. D. Inglisp. 50
Albert Payson Terhunep. 54
Harrison Smithp. 55
William Rose Benetp. 56
Alfred Harcourtp. 58
Fanny Butcherp. 59
Grace Hegger Lewisp. 63
Burton Rascoep. 65
Grace Hegger Lewisp. 67
Fanny Butcherp. 69
George H. Doranp. 74
Main Street: 1919-21p. 77
Alfred Harcourtp. 79
James Branch Cabellp. 82
Grace Hegger Lewisp. 83
Heywood Brounp. 85
Kathleen Norrisp. 87
George Jean Nathanp. 88
Fanny Butcherp. 90
Zenith: 1921-22p. 91
Frazier Huntp. 93
Charles Phillips Russellp. 99
Charles Breastedp. 102
C.R.WNevinsonp. 104
Harold Loebp. 106
Lilian T. Mowrerp. 109
Alfred Kreymborgp. 111
George Jean Nathanp. 113
Alfred Harcourtp. 116
Hartford and England: 1922-25p. 117
Emile Gauvreaup. 119
Morris Fishbeinp. 120
Alfred Harcourtp. 123
Frazier Huntp. 125
Paul De Kruifp. 127
George Jean Nathanp. 131
Morris Fishbeinp. 133
Paris: 1925p. 135
Harold E. Stearnsp. 137
Samuel Putnamp. 139
George Slocombep. 141
Nina Hamnettp. 143
Robert McAlmonp. 144
SisleyHuddlestonp. 146
Katonah: 1925-26p. 149
Grace Hegger Lewisp. 151
Matthew Josephsonp. 153
James Branch Cabellp. 155
George Jean Nathanp. 156
Kansas City to Berlin: 1926-27p. 159
Samuel Harknessp. 161
George Seldesp. 163
Charles Breastedp. 164
Ramon Guthriep. 170
Vincent Sheeanp. 174
Claud Cockburnp. 176
At Large: 1928-30p. 177
Charles Breastedp. 179
Vincent Sheeanp. 181
Eileen Agarp. 183
Alfred Harcourtp. 185
Ramon Guthriep. 187
Morley Callaghanp. 189
Gordon Sinclairp. 191
William E. Woodwardp. 192
Stockholm: 1930-31p. 195
H. Allen Smithp. 197
George Jean Nathanp. 199
Carl Van Dorenp. 201
Dorothy Thompsonp. 202
Fanny Butcherp. 214
Louis Adamicp. 216
Harrison Smithp. 219
Grub Street: 1932-39p. 221
William L. Shirerp. 223
Dorothy Thompsonp. 225
Fanny Butcherp. 227
George Seldesp. 228
Malcolm Cowleyp. 230
Benjamin Stolbergp. 232
Ramon Guthriep. 235
BuddSchulbergp. 239
Fanny Butcherp. 253
Hallie Flanaganp. 254
Edward Robb Ellisp. 257
John Herseyp. 260
Margaret Widdemerp. 261
George Seldesp. 262
Fanny Butcherp. 264
FayWrayp. 265
Kitty Carlislep. 267
The Slough of Despond: 1939-45p. 269
Edward F. Murphyp. 271
James Branch Cabellp. 277
Fanny Butcherp. 278
Dorothy Thompsonp. 279
Harrison Smithp. 281
H. L. Menckenp. 282
Herbert R. Mayesp. 285
Philip von Rohr Sauerp. 287
Thorvale Farm: 1946-49p. 289
Harrison Smithp. 291
Frederick Manfredp. 293
Barnaby Conradp. 295
Betty Stevensp. 297
Ida L. Comptonp. 308
Horace R. Cay ton Jr.p. 313
Allen Austinp. 320
Bennett Cerfp. 331
Michele A. Vaccariellop. 333
World So Wide: 1949-51p. 335
Perry Millerp. 337
Alexander Mansonp. 346
Frederick Manfredp. 350
List of Reminiscencesp. 351
List of Additional Sourcesp. 355
Notesp. 357
Bibliographyp. 385
Indexp. 391
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