Guide to the Characters in the Novels, Short Stories, and Plays of Sinclair Lewis ( H-R)
This work shows the sheer quantity of fictional characters that emerge from the novels, short stories and the occasional play of Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), which contribute significantly to the character, quality and art of American fiction during the first half of the twentieth century. In addition to the summary of each character’s description and function, this guide includes a seventy-page listing of actual persons who are contemporaries of Lewis, and figures from history, literature, science, and philosophy, whose names Lewis felt should be mentioned in a variety of contexts or who were assigned cameo roles. A summary of each novel, short, story or play is included.
“ ... names in Lewis’s [works] belong to Lewis alone, conceived out of a union between his imagination and his more than occasional sardonic view of the workings of times in which he lived … the compiler of this [book] dedicates his effort to the entire industry of the manufacture of fictional names … far more important than names in general stands their contribution to the fiction and drama of Sinclair Lewis. – From the Introduction
". . . a fascinating book for any lover of Sinclair Lewis’s writing, reminding us of how fertile an imagination he had, and the breadth of his knowledge about the people and places of his day. It’s well worth having on hand not only to check on character names, but also to dip into and enjoy for the witty creations of Sinclair Lewis." - The Sinclair Lewis Society
Table of Contents
Cast of Real Persons; Summary of Stories, Novels, Plays
Sinclair Lewis: A Checklist of Stories, Novels and Plays; Works Cited and Consulted