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Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis

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"Arrowsmith", by Sinclair Lewis

In the novel "Arrowsmith", by Sinclair Lewis, written in

1925, one can read of our world's lack of idealism in

science, most often found in the medical profession

(Encarta, 1). This book portrays the times in terms of

scientific advancement not being idealistic, mostly in the

medical field. Our scientists could not come up with their

own ideas and our progress was going nowhere, fast.

Although, today we are advancing so rapidly that we have no

choice but to move and experiment, there is no time to slow

down and copy old works. Sinclair Lewis also combines his

life and the life of a graduating microbiologists, who he

interviewed to help him write this book, into his main

character, Dr. Martin Arrowsmith. All of this goes into the

book "Arrowsmith".

Sinclair lewis was born on the seventh of February, 1885,

in the town of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, to his warmhearted

parents, Emma Kermont Lewis and Dr. Edwin J. Lewis. At a

very young age Sinclair read widely in grade school and

continued on in his studies for many years (Grebstein, 16).

Lewis studied at Yale University form 1903 till 1906. There

he studied literary writings and works to help him become a

writer. His father had disagreed with his career choice,

but he went on and did what he wanted to do most, write. At

one time he was so disgusted with his father that he ran

away and tried to join the Spanish-American War as a

drummer boy (Cobletz, 248). He did not get far; his father

caught him before he left town. Back to collage he went and

even through collage Lewis still read many books. One

professor was quoted as saying "He was drawing more books

from the Yale library than, I believe, any undergraduates

before or since." Lewis was known to read such books from

authors Hardy, Meredith, James, Howells, Austen, Bronte,

Tolstoy, Pushkin, Turgenev, Gogol, Flaubert, Zola, Huneker,

Pinero, Jones, Shaw, d'Annunzio, Sudermann, Yeats, George

Moore, Nietzsche, Haeckel, Huxley, Moody, Marx, Gorky,

Blake, Pater, Shelley, Keats, Coleridge, Rossetti,

Swinburne, Clough, and Ibsen. All of these authors were

influential to him, but none more than the famous H. G.

Wells (Grebstein 24).

He accomplished all this during college while keeping two

or more jobs at one time and writing for several papers

along with his own books that he wrote. In October of 1906

he left school for a few months and stayed with his brother

in his utopian colony in New Jersey. A few months later he

remembered the work ethics his father taught him and went

back to school and got his degree in 1907.
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