With the publication of Main Street and Babbitt, Lewis became a successful novelist and critic of American culture, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930. He returned frequently to Minnesota; never able to deny his underlying attachment to the Northern Middle West, he described it as "...the newest empire of the world... a land of dairy herds and exquisite lakes, of new automobiles and tarpaper shanties and silos like red towers, of clumsy speech and a hope that is boundless." Lewis' talent declined and he died alone in Italy on January 10, 1951. As he had requested, his ashes were brought home to Sauk Centre.
Erected 1988 by Minnesota Historical Society.
Location. 45° 44.229′ N, 94° 57.446′ W. Marker is in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, in Stearns County. Marker is on Sinclair Lewis Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 850 Sinclair Lewis Avenue, Sauk Centre MN 56378, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boyhood Home of Sinclair Lewis (a few steps from this marker); Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home (a few steps from this marker); The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan (approx. 0.4 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Sinclair Lewis Nobel Prize. (Submitted on June 27, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Sinclair Lewis - Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 27, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Notable Persons •
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