Nominations:Sinclair Lewis

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Reading his book, ''Main Street'', gave me hope when I was in high school in the early 1970s. I was bullied and had been sexually abused, not by family, because I was gay or at least figuring out my sexuality. Reading Lewis's book made me realize that lots of small-minded, narrow-perspective, non-progressive people live in Minnesota. So I sought out other people. And have traveled and lived in other states.<br />
 
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''~Paul Loida, West St. Paul, MN''
 
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First American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Born in Sauk Centre. ''Main Street''.<br />
First American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Born in Sauk Centre. ''Main Street''.<br />
''~Margaret Sullivan, Stony Brook, NY''
''~Margaret Sullivan, Stony Brook, NY''

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First American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Born in Sauk Centre. Main Street.
~Margaret Sullivan, Stony Brook, NY

Sinclair Lewis not only put Gopher Prairie on the map but the whole Midwestern culture. He writes of the prejudices, poverty and struggles of a country trying to grow up using the phrases of the time. He won both the Pulitzer and Nobel prize for literature.
~Gayle Watland, Maplewood, MN

A Sauk Centre native, was the first American author to receive the Nobel prize for Literature. He had written a series of novels, including Main Street, Babbitt, Elmer Gantry, and others, 24 in all. He changed American literature for all time, with his photographic style of description, and his chosen social issue topics.
~Roberta Olson, Sauk Centre, MN

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