American writer, born in Sauk Center, Minn., in 1885, and died in Rome on January 10, 1951. It was, in 1930, first prize Nobel of literature of his country. He worked in the world of publishing and newspaper to reach their first success, main street, 1920, that recounts the adventures of a young idealist, Carol, to get out of their meanness to the inhabitants of the city. His first novels were satirical and cartoonish of the American bourgeoisie, subsequently focused on reporting on different environments of American society. In 1922 he released Babbitt, portrait of the average American; Doctor Arrowsmith, 1925, history of disappointments and compromises of a scientist; Elmer Gantry, 1927, picture of certain marketed aspects of religion in the United States. Less significance have their later works: Ann Vickers, 1933; Here can't happen, 1935, and the search engine of God, 1949. His work in general, with his photographic realism, is a testimony about the Customs and social and political concerns of Americans, in the interwar period.
United States of America: literature.