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SINCLAIR LEWIS
American novelist and playwright
(1885 - 1951)
  CHECK READING LIST (10)  

Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe, polite, obedient, and sterile.
      - [Writers]

Pugnacity is a form of courage, but a very bad form.
      - [Courage]

That nation is proudest and noblest and most exalted which has the greatest number of really great men.
      - [Nation]

Winter is not a season, it's an occupation.
      - [Winter]

Slow yellow river flowing, willows that gesture in tepid August airs, and four children playing at greatness, as, doubtless, great men themselves must play.
      - Ann Vickers [Books (First Lines)]

The driver of the wagon swaying through forest and swamp of the Ohio wilderness was a ragged girl of fourteen.
      - Arrowsmith [Books (First Lines)]

The towers of Zenith aspired above the morning mist; austere towers of steel and cement and limestone, sturdy as cliffs and delicate as silver rods.
      - Babbitt [Books (First Lines)]

The aristocracy of Zenith were dancing at the Keenpoose Canoe Club.
      - Dodsworth [Books (First Lines)]

Elmer Gantry was drunk. He was eloquently drunk, lovingly and pugnaciously drunk.
      - Elmer Gantry [Books (First Lines)]

Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.
      - Gideon Planish (ch. 26) [Advertising]

The handsome dining room of the Hotel Wessex, with its gilded plaster shields and the mural depicting the Green Mountains, had been reserved for the Ladies' Night Dinner of the Fort Beulah Rotary Club.
      - It Can't Happen Here [Books (First Lines)]

On a hill by the Mississippi where Chippewas camped two generations ago, a girl stood in relief against the cornflower blue of Northern sky. She saw no Indians now; she saw flour-mills and the blinking windows of skyscrapers in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
      - Main Street (ch. 1) [Books (First Lines)]

The flat roof of the American House, the most spacious and important hotel in Black Thread Center, Connecticut, was lined with sheet of red-painted tin, each embossed with "Phoenix, the Tin of Kings."
      - Work of Art [Books (First Lines)]


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