Harry Sinclair Lewis was born on February 7, 1885 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. When Lewis was only 6 years old, his mother passed away and his father remarried. Lewis began to read books at a very young age and often kept a dairy next to him. During Lewis's boyhood, he had to go through many harships especially during school. Lewis was tall, thin, and had a lot of acne. Lewis didn't have the looks to impress girls in his school during his childhood. Lewis often ran away from his house and wanted to become a drummer boy for the Spanish-American War.
After Sinclair Lewis gratuated from Yale, Lewis would move from jobs to jobs, searching of something to write for publication and to escape boredom. Although Lewis was influence by Main Street and Social Idealism, which was a study of Idealism and reality in a narrow-minded small-town. Lewis never had mentors in his writing because he would usually get his stories from his past childhood and from his diary but he praised Theodore Dreiser, Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway. Lewis finally publishes his first book, Hike and the Aeroplane. Then the following year, Lewis married to his first wife named Grace Livingston Hegger, who was an editor at Vogue magazine. Together, they had a son named Wells Lewis. Wells was named after a famous British author H.G. Wells, to whose social ideas influenced Lewis.
After writing his first two novels and recieving his M.A in 1908, Lewis moved to Washington D.C. and devoted himself into literature. Lewis also was a member of the Socialist Party for a short time. Many of his books became movie films such as Arrowsmith (1925) and Elmer Gantry (1927), both movies earned many awards. Lewis later divorced his first wife, Grace Livingston Hegger( Lewis divorced Grace in 1925-source: wikipedia) and later married Dorothy Thompson, who was an political newspaper columnist (On May 14, 1928, he married Dorothy Thompson, a political newspaper columnist. and had a son together named Michael Lewis: source,Wikipedia) In the 1920s to the 1930s, Lewis focused on writing short stories and magazines. Lewis eventually won the Noble Prize in Literature in 1930. Lewis died in Rome on January 10, 1951 at the age of 65 from an advance form of alcoholism.
Lewis's legacy lives on. Lewis was very important during this time period because he was the first American to win the Noble Prize award.
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* The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch (Link: accessed 2017-02-06), entry for Harry Sinclair /Lewis/. (Offered as supporting material, caution-this is a Pedigree Resource File and has not been verified.)
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