(From the publisher):
"Without his writing one cannot imagine modern American literature."óMark Schorer
Amidst Sinclair Lewis's many remarkable novels are more than a hundred short stories which he wrote over forty-four years. Selected Short Stories contains those selected by Lewis himself for a 1935 edition and illustrates the wide range of his art and interests: tales of romantic fantasy or escape, melodramas of heroic or mock-heroic adventure, boy-meets-girl stories, satires of pretension and folly, and tales of isolation and loneliness. Lewis often played variations on themes more fully developed in his novels.
In his introduction, James W. Tuttleton writes, "Lewis was an excellent storyteller with an enviable command of narrative development. His tales have a remarkable vividness produced by colorful and concrete detail, rapidly paced action, and a gallery of characters and a medley of dialects that are sui generis.... At his best Lewis's short stories, like his novels, accomplish the remarkable feat described by E. M. Forster: 'What Mr. Lewis has done for myself and thousands of others is to lodge a piece of a continent in our imagination.' However we may respond to his stories, there can be no doubt that Lewis created a distinct fictional style, an authentic signature, a genuine idiom."
(from the publisher)
Original title: Selected Short Stories of Sinclair Lewis
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
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