With Love from Gracie: Sinclair Lewis: 1912-1925

With Love from Gracie: Sinclair Lewis: 1912-1925

With Love from Gracie: Sinclair Lewis: 1912-1925

With Love from Gracie: Sinclair Lewis: 1912-1925

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This story will introduce a Sinclair Lewis unknown to his readers of the last twenty-five years, during which time he has become a legend. Through poems, letters, and dramatic events, I have sought to recall that exciting, demanding, endearing young man -- on his early jobs, through his early novels, and in the triumph of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith.

This is also the story of our life together.

Any woman -- whether she be wedded to an obscure clerk or a world figure, whether she be a genuine partner or a shadowy substance -- is a vital influence in that man's development. When a biography is indicated, this woman must be carefully and respectfully considered. If she is a writer's wife she may be sentimentally called an inspiration, but she is more likely to be an instrument, a barometer, a screen, a counter-irritant. Whatever her value, there she is, for better or worse, woven permanently into the pattern of his life.

G. H. L.

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