February 7: Sinclair Lewis

On this date in 1885, the American novelist Sinclair Lewis was born. In 1930, he became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, “for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters.”

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Main Street

Main Street audiobook from the Lit2Go website. Main Street is a satirical novel about small-town life, and is notable for the presence of a strong female protagonist. Reading level: 8.2. Word count: 183,821 in 39 chapters plus foreward.

Babbitt

Babbitt audiobook from the Lit2Go website. Largely a satire of American culture, society, and behavior, it critiques the vacuity of middle-class American life and its pressure on individuals toward conformity. Reading level: 7.4. Word count: 136,783 in 34 chapters.