In the business stories he wrote for the Post, Sinclair Lewis satirized the short-sighted, self-serving pomposity within American business. (He would have no end of inspiration were he writing today.) Lewis never adopted the Post’s reverential attitude toward American business. By the late 1920s, he proved one of its harshest critics. But he never lost his interest in, or affection for, the American worker. He may have ridiculed the Babbitts of his day, but he never became cynical or dismissive. Behind the scornful tone of his Lewis’ work, you can detect the voice of a frustrated idealist.
By: Jeff Nilsson
Published: January 2, 2010