1930 ► Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. ♦ The Nobel Prize was awarded to Sinclair Lewis "for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humour, new types of characters".
Main Street, 1920 by Sinclair Lewis. One of the first books about women having choices in life...ahead of it's time. Lewis truly captures the reality of the Conservative American Midwesterner of the early 20th century and the struggle of reformers battling against them. He also portrays these people as the sinners that they are... Though they piously miss that fact
During the 1930s, outstanding fiction and poetry was produced by American writers like Ernest Hemingway, Thornton Wilder, Raymond Chandler, John Dos Passos, Carl Sandburg, Ogden Nash and Wallace Stevens. People read the mysteries of Agatha Christie and detective stories by Dashiell Hammett. African-American writer Richard Wright described the racial prejudice in his native South. Sinclair Lewis (pictured) became the first American to win the Nobel Prize in literature.