Sinclair Lewis and American Democracy (Politics, Literature, & Film) Hardcover – October 28, 2016
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In writing Sinclair Lewis and American Democracy, Michels has performed a valuable service for two groups of readers. First, students and admirers of Lewis will find the book extremely helpful as a guide to how Lewis’s lesser known works relate to those more commonly read. It is an impressive feat indeed to integrate all twenty-three of Lewis’s novels into the book. The chapter themes are also well chosen to give these readers a synoptic vision of Lewis’s political thought. Second, the book will be of great use for those looking to integrate Lewis into their study of literature and political thought. The text is filled with interesting and suggestive connections between Lewis and the major thinkers in the history of political thought. ― VoegelinView
Steven Michels begins his thoughtful book on Sinclair Lewis with the observation that “there is considerable disagreement about what to make of Lewis and even whether he is worth reading at all”.... Michels reads Lewis carefully and sympathetically, resurrecting Lewis’s best ideas and explicitly connecting them to centuries-old debates about democracy.... [Michels's] perspective is...an important one. Lewis himself would appreciate Michels’s careful analysis, and readers of Sinclair Lewis and American Democracy will likely be convinced that Lewis is, in fact, “worth reading” again. ― The Review of Politics
A refreshing and overdue study debunking (among other things) the canard that Sinclair Lewis’s satires of American life had no values undergirding them. A solid analysis of the democratic and political values that guided his critical realism. -- Richard Lingeman, author of “Rebel From Main Street”
Sinclair Lewis and American Democracy is a fascinating new approach to Sinclair Lewis’s novels. Michels intelligently discusses all of Lewis’s novels, from the well-known like Main Street and Arrowsmith to the lesser known like The God-Seeker and Work of Art, through the lens of political philosophy, showing how seriously Lewis thought about democracy in his fiction. Lewis would like his characters to be better and more engaged citizens of the republic, but is aware of how hard it is to do well and make life meaningful. This book is a valuable addition to Sinclair Lewis studies and sure to become one of the standard texts for Lewis scholars. -- Sally Parry, Sinclair Lewis Society
About the Author
- Publisher : Lexington Books (October 28, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1498519148
- ISBN-13 : 978-1498519144
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.42 x 0.84 x 9.27 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,228,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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