Harry Sinclair Lewis was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota in 1885 and was educated at Yale University. Early determining that he wanted to be a writer, he worked for newspapers in Sauk Centre during his boyhood and in New Haven, Connecticut, during his college years. After graduation, Lewis worked as a reporter and as editor and advertising manager for New York publishers while writing fiction in the evenings. Under the pseudonym “Tom Graham”, Lewis published a boys' book, Hike and the Aeroplane (1912). He married his first wife, Grace Hegger, in 1914 and soon thereafter resigned from his publishing house to write full time.

From 1914 to 1920, Lewis supported himself, his wife, and his first son Wells (born in …

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