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Sinclair Lewis letters

Identifier: C-78
Collection contains 26 holograph and typescript letters from Lewis to Guthrie, from 1926 to 1933. Letters are both personal and professional, touching on subjects from Sinclair's marriages to his writing process. See index for details about individual letters.


  • 1926-1933


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1 Box (1 box, 26 folders)

Biographical / Historical

Lewis Sinclair (1885-1951) was an American novelist, short story writer, and playwright. Lewis was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, and attended Oberlin Academy before entering Yale University. Taking time off from Yale to work at Helicon Home Colony, Upton Sinclair's cooperative-living colony in New Jersey, Lewis received his B.A. in 1908. Lewis became the first American writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930. Lewis married Grace Livingston Hegger (1887-1981), an editor at Vogue magazine. The couple had one son, Wells Lewis (1917-1944). Lewis divorced Hegger in 1925 and married Dorothy Thompson, a political newspaper columnist in 1928. The couple purchased a second home in rural Vermont in 1928, and had one son, Michael Lewis in 1930.

Ramon Guthrie (1896-1973) was a poet, novelist, essayist, critic, and professor of French and comparative literature. Guthrie published five collections of poetry and two novels. Guthrie became an important emotional and literary support of Sinclair Lewis in the 1920s.


Letters are arranged chronologically.

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

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