Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sauk Centre, Minnesota: Boyhood home of Sinclair Lewis

Speaking as someone who does some writing for a living, we need to pay more attention to the background of the really good writers. You'd have to say Sinclair Lewis is one of the really, really, really good ones.

After all, he was the first American writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Lewis wrote a novel called "Main Street," which was a thinly-disguised look at his own home town and its attitudes.

Lewis was raised in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, which is located west and north of the Twin Cities just off Interstate 94. As you could guess, the town wasn't too happy with its characterization. However, fame has a way of changing attitudes, and now Sauk Center embraces the connection. Here's what the house looks like now. Tours are available in the summer months. There's an "interpretive center" just down the street that has more information - as does this link.

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