Satire on American Life as Portrayed in the Novels of Sinclair Lewis

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Since 1920, Lewis has written only novels in which he has ridiculed the leading phases of American life. He has given an exact picture; he has left no faults uncovered. He loves America and he hates to see her in a state of degeneration. He has tried to appeal to the human side of his public in order to open the eyes of America to her own defects. He has been cynical, satirical, and humorous in his attempt to picture America as she really is. I have chosen the novels that Lewis has written since the year 1920 to show ... continued below

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Norman, Helen Marjorie August 1940.

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Since 1920, Lewis has written only novels in which he has ridiculed the leading phases of American life. He has given an exact picture; he has left no faults uncovered. He loves America and he hates to see her in a state of degeneration. He has tried to appeal to the human side of his public in order to open the eyes of America to her own defects. He has been cynical, satirical, and humorous in his attempt to picture America as she really is. I have chosen the novels that Lewis has written since the year 1920 to show that he has satirized America in her various phases of life. I have not explored the fields of poetry and drama nor the earlier novels; for beginning with Main Street in 1920 and ending with the Prodigal Parents in 1938, Lewis has depicted the faults of a nation struggling for peace and security in a world of materialistic ideals.

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Norman, Helen Marjorie. Satire on American Life as Portrayed in the Novels of Sinclair Lewis, thesis, August 1940; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc699573/: accessed June 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .