On this day in 1930...


Sauk Centre native Sinclair Lewis is honored with the Nobel Prize in literature, becoming the first American to win the award.

After growing up in central Minnesota, Lewis would attend Yale and submit his work to the Yale Courant and Yale Literary Magazine, of which he would later become the editor.

Lewis wrote popular titles "Mainstreet", "Elmer Gentry", and "Arrowsmith" among others.

His first big success, "Mainstreet" would sell two million copies from 1920-1922. The novel's success was called "the most sensational event in 20th-century American publishing" by biographer Mark Schorer, and Lewis would continue to write until his death in 1951, though none of his later works were as influential as his earlier productions.

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