"As a matter of fact, a good deal of my writing as a novelist comes from malice--the desire to attack things in our culture, both North and South. Some reviewers, including John Wain, said 'The Last Gentlemen' was too satirical. Maybe something got satirized that he didn't want satirized."

- Walker Percy, Conversations with Walker Percy
No, not that Lewis

Photo credit: Library of Congress.

Dale Nelson sends this link from Sacnoth's Scriptorium, discussing J. R. R. Tolkien's familiarity with, and appreciation of, Minnesota-born author Sinclair Lewis. "...Tolkien immediately segues into saying that he is now inclined to think that the word hobbit owes something to Lewis's BABBITT."

Minnesota -- an inexhaustible font of inspiration.


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