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Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the-North-Met­ro] meet time and book selection

From: Pat O.
Sent on: Sunday, August 1, 2010 8:28 PM
Hi, Alice, et al:
Ah, Sinclair Lewis... I should have a soft spot for the writer. He is the only writer of renown with a connection to the family. My dad taught in the high school in Albany, MN, which is in the St. Cloud area, not far from Sauk Center (the town on which Main Street is based). One day my dad happened to go into the dining room in the Albany Hotel and there he was -- Lewis himself. Dad said he was a wiry, little man with a mottled face -- very unattractive and shy.
I checked the date -- about 1938 -- and it was entirely possible that Lewis was there then.
All of which means precisely nothing.
By the way, the Sinclair Lewis museum just off the freeway near Sauk Center is worthwhile. They show in detail -- they have a lot of his writing, of course -- how he went about writing his books. He moved to the city in question (Duluth, Cincinnati, etc.) and talked to a lot of people, taking voluminous notes, filling a three-ring binder. When he had enough, he went home to write. "Babbitt" reads like something compiled. -- As you probably know, he was the first American to get the Nobel Prize in Literature -- something for which he campaigned very hard.
This group, I can tell, would make for lively discussion.
Talk later,

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