The Press: Again, Lewis


All the newspapers ran the slug on their front pages; it was almost as important an announcement as if a prizefighter, for publicity purposes, had refused a championship title. Not quite so important; the prizefighter would have got an extra, but the man whose solemn, blunt features appeared under the slug had certainly derived as much attention as he could expect from a purely intellectual issue. It was, of course, Sinclair Lewis; he had refused the Pulitzer Prize of $1,000 awarded to him for Arrowsmith.

He made his formal rejection in a letter to Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, chairman of...

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