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An Author of the Times - Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis In the novel Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis written in 1925 one can read of our worlds lack of idealism in science most often found in the medical profession Encarta 1 This book portrays the times in terms of scientific advancement not being idealistic mostly in the medical field Our scientists could not come up with their own ideas and our progress was going nowhere fast Although today we are advancing so rapidly that we have no choice but to move and experiment there is no time to slow down and copy old works Sinclair Lewis also combines his life and the life of a graduating microbiologists who he interviewed to help him write this book into his main character Dr Martin Arrowsmith All of this goes into the book Arrowsmith Sinclair lewis was born on the seventh of Febuary 1885 in the town of Sauk Centre Minnesota to his warmhearted parents Emma Kermont Lewis and Dr Edwin J Lewis At a very young age Sinclair read widely in grade school and continued on in his studies for many years Grebstien 16 Lewis studied at Yale University form 1903 till 1906 There he studied literary writings and works to help him become a writer His father had disagreed with his career choice but he went on and did what he wanted to do most write At one time he was so disgusted with his father that he ran away and tried to join the Spanish-American War as a drummer boy Cobletz 248 He did not get far his father caught him before he left town Back to collage he went and even through collage Lewis still read many books One professor was quoted as saying He was drawing more books from the Yale library than I believe any undergraduates before or since Lewis was known to read such books from authors Hardy Meredith James Howells
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