Lewis's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

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Lewis's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 6, 2021

Today is our beloved colleague Patrick Coleman's last day before retirement.
In honor of that, we present this Little Blue Book version of Sinclair Lewis's Nobel Prize speech, published in 1931. It was entitled "The American Fear of Literature."
The goal of Little Blue Books, which were cheap and widely available in the early 20th century, was to spread great literature and ideas as widely as possible, to as many people as possible. The size was such that they would fit into one's pocket.

Enjoy retirement and keep sharing those ideas, Patrick!