Posts Tagged: Sinclair Lewis

Titanic Turns Twenty in a World That Won’t Talk About It

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After twenty years and eleven Oscars and eleventy billion dollars, we still don’t really talk about Titanic.

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The Human Cost: Discussing Political Storytelling with Olivia Kate Cerrone

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Olivia Kate Cerrone discusses her novella The Hunger Saint and the significance of historical fiction.

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A Fictional Tyrant Come to Life

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At the Washington Post, Carlos Lozada compares Donald Trump with the fictional dictators of two novels that seem to uncannily anticipate the rise of today’s foul-mouthed “politician.” Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here (1935) and Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America (2004) both feature totalitarian politicians that will eerily remind readers of Trump’s policies and personality. […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Sean Wilsey

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Sean Wilsey discusses his latest book of essays, More Curious, being David Foster Wallace’s neighbor, the healing power of the American road trip, and the difference between writing fiction and memoir.

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Long Forgotten Books

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In 1934, Malcolm Cowley, editor of The New Republic, got in touch with many renowned American writers asking them to list 3 or 4 of the best hidden gems of literature adding a few sentences to present the titles to the public. Many of them replied to the invitation, including Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Edmund Wilson, […]

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Sinclair Lewis’ Rejection Letter

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Letters of Note posts Sinclair Lewis’ rejection of the 1926 Pulitzer Prize for the Novel. Lewis argues that honors such as the Pulitzer serve the committees who award them rather than receivers of the award; these committees become the enforcers of taste and threaten to decrease the creativity of future authors: “I invite other writers […]

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