Sinclair Lewis was the first American to win the Nobel Prize in literature. This was in 1930 and the other winners were Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman (Physics), Hans Fischer (Chemistry), Karl Landsteiner (Physiology and Medicine), Lars Söderblom (Peace). There was no Nobel Prize for Economics then - and strictly speaking - there isn't one now.
At the time, Sinclair was not only a famous author, he was one of the most famous people in the world. This was, after all, a time when writers had similar status to movie and sports stars.
Alas, like so many famous authors of by-gone days, Sinclair had fallen from popularity as the 20th century waned. So as the Millennium approached few people were reading him.
Recently there has been a sudden revival of interest in his books. In particular, one book which is ...
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