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Celebrating Minnesota author Sinclair Lewis

Celebrating Minnesota author Sinclair LewisThis month, St. Cloud State University celebrates Nobel Prize-winning author and Sauk Centre native Sinclair Lewis as the college of Fine Arts and Humanities presents “The River is a Strong Brown God – Iconic Places and Characters in 20th Century American Cultures” Oct. 18-19. This symposium is in honor of the contributions of Sinclair Lewis to Midwest and American culture and letters and in celebration of the friendship between Lewis and Ida K. Compton.

A special feature of this year’s symposium will be the unveiling of the latest addition to the Sinclair Lewis papers at the St. Cloud State University Archives, a gift from the family of Hubert Irey Gibson of original Lewis letters, manuscripts and other materials. Gibson, who worked for Lewis in 1933, had the author’s permission to save papers that eventually became Lewis’s novel, “The Jayhawker.” Gibson’s children chose St. Cloud State over three other universities and historical societies to receive the collection, which has an appraised value of $25,000. The new collection offers students and scholars greater insight into the creative process Lewis used in developing his stories.

In conjunction with this conference, St. Cloud State University librarians have put together Sinclair Lewis displays near the Miller Center Reference area (1st Floor) and in University Archives (3rd Floor) to honor the contributions of Sinclair Lewis to Midwest and American culture and letters.

Other sources on Sinclair Lewis include:

To find more information on the conference at St. Cloud State, go to http://web.stcloudstate.edu/sinclairlewis/

Web Resources

Lewis Family Papers
These archives include Lewis family papers, including many pictures and correspondence. Two recordings of Lewis are a radio speech and a pilot for a radio show.

Papers of Ida Kay Compton
The Ida Kay Compton Papers were donated to St. Cloud State University by the Estate of Ida Compton in 1986.

Sinclair Lewis' Boyhood Home and Interpretive Center
Lewis's novel, "Main Street" was set in his Central Minnesota hometown of Sauk Centre, Minn.

The Minnesota Stories of Sinclair Lewis (Minnesota Public Radio
Provides audio files of the news story on the recent book, "The Minnesota Stories of Sinclair Lewis," along with an interview with the book’s editor.

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1930
Includes the Nobel Prize presentation speech in honor of Sinclair Lewis as well as an autobiography and Nobel lecture by the author.

Sinclair Lewis (Minnesota Author Biographies Project)
Provides biographical information, list of selected works and bibliography of sources on Sinclair Lewis.

The Sinclair Lewis Society
Includes extensive links to autobiographical and biographical information as well as other writings on Sinclair Lewis and his works.

Works about Sinclair Lewis

Martin Bucco. Main Street : the revolt of Carol Kennicott. New York; Toronto; New York: Twayne Publishers; Maxwell Macmillan Canada; Maxwell Macmillan International, 1993. PS3523.E94 M19 1993
Martin Bucco. Critical essays on Sinclair Lewis. Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall,1986. PS3523.E94 Z564 1986
Ida L. Compton. Sinclair Lewis at Thorvale Farm : a personal memoir. Sarasota, Fla.: Ruggles Pub. Co.,1988. PS3523.E94 Z55x
David Joseph Dooley. The art of Sinclair Lewis. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1967. PS3523.E94 Z566
Sinclair Lewis Centennial Conference. Sinclair Lewis at 100: papers presented at a centennial conference.  St. Cloud, Minn: Cloud State University, 1985. PS3523.E95 Z827 1985x
Robert E. Fleming and Esther Fleming. Sinclair Lewis, a reference guide. Boston, Mass.: G. K. Hall, 1980. Z8504.38 .F56
Robert J. Griffin. Twentieth century interpretations of Arrowsmith; a collection of critical essays. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1968. PS3523.E94 A83
John J. Koblas. Sinclair Lewis, home at last. Bloomington, MN Voyageur Press, 1981. PS3523.E94 Z584x
Grace Lewis. With love from Gracie. Sinclair Lewis: 1912-1925. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1955. PS3523.E94 Z62
Sinclair Lewis and George Killough. Minnesota diary, 1942-46. Moscow: Idaho University of Idaho Press, 2000. PS3523.E94 Z47 2000
Sinclair Lewis, Dave Page and John J. Koblas. Selected letters of Sinclair Lewis. Madison, Wis.: Main Street Press, 1985. PS3523.E94 Z54x
Martin Light. Sinclair Lewis. West Lafayette, Ind.: Purdue University, 1985. PS3523.E94 Z81 1985x
Martin Light. The quixotic vision of Sinclair Lewis. West Lafayette, Ind.: Purdue University Press, 1975. PS3523.E94 Z625
Richard R. Lingeman. Sinclair Lewis: rebel from Main Street. New York: Random House, 2002. PS3523.E94 Z627 2002
Glen A. Love. Babbitt: an American life. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1993. PS3523.E94 B297 1993
James Lundquist. Sinclair Lewis. New York: Ungar, 1972. PS3523.E94 Z633 1973
Richard O'Connor. Sinclair Lewis. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1971. PS3523.E94 Z66
Roberta Olson. Sinclair Lewis, the journey. Sauk Centre, Minn.: R.J. Olson, 1990. PS3523.E94 Z665 1990
Roberta Olson. Main Street remembers Sinclair Lewis. Sauk Centre, Minn.: Sauk Centre Herald, 1985. PS3523.E94 Z637 1985
Mark Schorer. Sinclair Lewis. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1963. PS3523.E94 Z76 1963
Mark Schorer. Sinclair Lewis, a collection of critical essays. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1962. PS3523.E94 Z77
Mark Schorer. Sinclair Lewis, an American life. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1961. PS3523.E94 Z78
Vincent Sheean. Dorothy and Red. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1963. PS3539.H649 Z85
Stuart Pratt Sherman. The significance of Sinclair Lewis. Folcroft, Pa.: Folcroft Library Editions, 1973. PS3523.E94 Z8 1973
Spotlight on Sinclair Lewis: critics, friends & publishers discuss the Lewis mystique. [Sound recording]Tucson, Ariz.: Motivational Programming Corp., 1969. PS3523.E94 Z8
Linda Wolfe and Mary Elinore Smith. A critical commentary; Main Street. New York: American R. D. M. Corp., 1964. PS3523.E94 M31x

Selected Works by Sinclair Lewis

Arrowsmith. PS3523.E94 A7 1945x
Babbitt. PS3523.E94 B3 1980x
Bethel Merriday. PS3523.E94 B4x
Cass Timberlane. PS3523.E94 C3x
Dodsworth, a novelPS3523.E94 D6x
Elmer Gantry. PS3523.E94 E4 1980x
Free air. PS3523.E94 F7x
From Main Street to Stockholm; letters of Sinclair Lewis, 1919-1930. S3523.E94 Z53
Gideon Planish, a novel. PS3523.E94 G5x
The innocents; a story for lovers. PS3523.E94 I5x
It can't happen here, a novel. PS3523.E94 I8 1936x
Jayhawker, a play in three acts. PS3523.E94 J3 1935
The job; an American novel. PS3523.E94 J6x
John Dos Passos' Manhattan transfer. PS3507.O743 Z7
Kingsblood royal. PS3523.E94 K5x
Letters from Jack London, containing an unpublished correspondence between London and Sinclair Lewis. PS3523.O46 Z53
Main street. PS3523.E94 M355 1948x
The man from Main Street; a Sinclair Lewis reader: selected essays and other writings, 1904-1950, PS3523.E94 M3
The man who knew Coolidge, being the soul of Lowell Schmaltz, constructive and Nordic citizen. PS3523.E94 M35 1928x
Mantrap. PS3523.E94 M356x
Minnesota diary, 1942-46. PS3523.E94 Z47 2000
Our Mr. Wrenn; the romantic adventures of a gentle man. PS3523.E94 O8 1951x
The prodigal parents. PS3523.E94 P7x
Selected short stories of Sinclair Lewis. PS3523.E94 A15 1937x
Storm in the West, by Sinclair Lewis and Dore Schary. PS3523.E94 S75
The trail of the hawk : a comedy of the seriousness of life. PS3523.E94 T7x
Work of art. PS3523.E94 W62x
World so wide, a novel. PS3523.E94 W6x

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