Babbitt, first published in 1922, is a novel by Sinclair Lewis. Largely a satire of American culture, society, and behavior, it critiques the vacuity of middle-class American life and its pressure toward conformity. An immediate and controversial bestseller, Babbitt is one of Lewis's best-known novels and was influential in the decision to award him the Nobel Prize in literature in 1930. (Wikipedia)
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
Langston Hughes was born 112 years ago today in Joplin, Missouri. This photo was taken by Nickolas Muray, a Hungarian-American photographer who was also an Olympic fencer, in 1923 when Mr. Hughes was about 21 years old.
Born on Jan. 31, 1875, American novelist Zane Gray, best known for his stories of the American West, was a standout baseball player at the University of Pennsylvania, and started his career as a dentist.