Sinclair Lewis, Kingsblood Royal

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Kingsblood Royal (1947) marked the return of Sinclair Lewis as one of the most controversial novelists in the USA. After his series of sensational novels including Main Street (1920), Babbitt (1922), Arrowsmith (1925), and Elmer Gantry (1927), Lewis continued to publish novels, but only It Can’t Happen Here (1935), a dystopian fantasy about Fascism in America, had brought him the kind of widespread notoriety that had marked his career in the 1920s.

With Kingsblood Royal Lewis returned to centre stage by attacking racism. The novel tells the story of a young veteran of World War II who has returned to his home town, the mythical small city of Grand Republic, Minnesota. The son …

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Citation: Fleming, Robert E.. "Kingsblood Royal". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 December 2003 [, accessed 25 September 2023.]

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