Main Street Babbitt

Author: Sinclair Lewis
Publisher: Springer Science & Business
ISBN: 0940450615
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Two of Lewis' novels depict the hipocrisy and complacency of middle-class America

How The Hell Did This Happen

Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 9780802189387
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This election cycle was so absurd that celebrated political satirist, journalist, and die-hard Republican P. J. O’Rourke endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. As P.J. put it, “America is experiencing the most severe outbreak of mass psychosis since the Salem witch trials of 1692. So why not put Hillary on the dunking stool?” In How the Hell Did This Happen?, P.J. brings his critical eye and inimitable voice to some seriously risky business. Starting in June 2015, he asks, “Who are these jacklegs, high-binders, wire-pullers, mountebanks, swellheads, buncombe spigots, four-flushers and animated spittoons offering themselves as worthy of America’s highest office?” and surveys the full cast of presidential candidates including everyone you’ve already forgotten and everyone you wish you could forget. P.J. offers a brief history of how our insane process for picking who will run for president evolved, from the very first nominating convention (thanks, Anti-Masonic Party) through the reforms of the Progressive era (because there’s nothing that can’t be worsened by reform) to the present. He takes us through the debates and key primaries and analyzes everything from the campaign platforms (or lack thereof) to presidential style (“Trump’s appearance—indeed, Trump’s existence—is a little guy’s idea of living large. A private plane! A swell joint in Florida! Gold-plated toilet handles!”). And he rises from the depths of despair to come up with a better way to choose a president. Following his come-to-Satan moment with Hillary and the Beginning of End Times in November, P.J. reckons with a new age: “America is experiencing a change in the nature of leadership. We’re getting rid of our leaders. And we’re starting at the top.”

It Can T Happen Here

Author: Sinclair Lewis
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698152700
Size: 15.37 MB
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“The novel that foreshadowed Donald Trump’s authoritarian appeal.”—Salon It Can’t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. Called “a message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news. Includes an Introduction by Michael Meyer and an Afterword by Gary Scharnhorst

Elmer Gantry

Author: Sinclair Lewis
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 0451522516
Size: 15.22 MB
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Today universally recognized as a landmark in American literature, Elmer Gantry scandalized readers when it was first published, causing Sinclair Lewis to be "invited" to a jail cell in New Hampshire and to his own lynching in Virginia. His portrait of a golden-tongued evangelist who rises to power within his church-a saver of souls who lives a life of hypocrisy, sensuality, and ruthless self-indulgence-is also the record of a period, a reign of grotesque vulgarity, which but for Lewis would have left no record of itself. Elmer Gantry has been called the greatest, most vital, and most penetrating study of hypocrisy that has been written since Voltaire.

Dodsworth

Author: Sinclair Lewis
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9781927854426
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The protagonist of Sinclair Lewis' Dodsworth is Samual 'Sam' Dodsworth, a successful automobile designer. Upon his early retirement, Dodsworth plans a long-awaited trip to Europe with his wife, popular but flighty socialite Fran Voelker. Fran, however, desperately wants to stay in Europe, joining the expatriate community there. As the two pursue their own separate adventures in Europe, their marriage becomes strained. Written in Lewis' signature satirical style, the book highlights the differences between American and European culture to great comic effect, while also describing the fascinating 'Lost Generation' of the 1920s expatriate scene.

Ann Vickers

Author: Sinclair Lewis
Publisher: Bison Books
ISBN: 0803279477
Size: 16.43 MB
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Ann Vickers, a strong-minded prison superintendent, dedicates herself to social reform while seeking to fulfill herself as a sexual being.