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It Can't Happen Here : Penguin Modern Classics - Sinclair Lewis

It Can't Happen Here

Penguin Modern Classics


Published: 20th January 2017
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It's 1935 and discontent is rife in America.

From the political margins appears Buzz Windrip, charismatic presidential candidate and 'inspired guesser at what political doctrines the people would like'. Sweeping to power amid mass elation, he promises wealth for all and the dawn of a glorious new era. Small-town newspaper editor Doremus Jessop is worried, especially when the new regime becomes increasingly authoritarian.

But what can one individual do to fight an all-powerful state? Sinclair Lewis's terrifying cautionary tale pits liberal complacency against popular fascism and shows: yes, it really can happen here.

About the Author

Sinclair Lewis was a journalist and Nobel Prize winning novelist known for 20th century works like Main Street, Elmer Gantry and Babbitt.

Born on February 7, 1885, in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, Sinclair Lewis studied at Yale University and worked as a newspaper journalist before becoming an acclaimed novelist. Known for his satirical take on modern affairs, some of his well-known releases included Main Street, Arrowsmith, Babbitt and Dodsworth. In 1930, he became the first U.S. writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Lewis died on January 10, 1951 in Rome, Italy.

You can't read Lewis' novel today without flashes of Trumpian recognition * Slate * An eerily prescient foreshadowing of current affairs * Guardian * Eighty years later the novel feels frighteningly contemporary * Salon * Not only Lewis's most important book but one of the most important books ever produced in the United States * New Yorker *

ISBN: 9780241310663
ISBN-10: 0241310660
Series: Penguin Modern Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 20th January 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1