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Flame Tree 451

The Job

The Job

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Sinclair Lewis' scandalous tale of Una Golden, who dared to work, marry, divorce and find success in the male-dominated society of New York in the early 1900s.

Sinclair Lewis, the first American to win the Nobel Prize for literature, and a writer lauded both for his craft and his principles, wrote The Job as a statement of female empowerment, and self-determination over societal expectation. Written in the early years of the 1900s Lewis' central character, highly unusual for the era, is a woman, Una Golden, who gains work in an exclusively male world of commercial real estate. Golden struggles for the recognition of her male peers while balancing romantic and work life; she marries, divorces, continues to work hard and finally emerges triumphant on her own terms.

Flame Tree 451 presents a new series, The Foundations of Feminist Fiction. The early 1900s saw a quiet revolution in literature dominated by male adventure heroes. Both men and women moved beyond the norms of the male gaze to write from a different gender perspective, sometimes with female protagonists, but also expressing the universal freedom to write on any subject whatsoever. Each book features a brand new biography and a new glossary of Literary, Gothic and Victorian terms.

Author: Sinclair Lewis
Publisher: Flame Tree 451
Published: 05/10/2022
Pages: 416
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.66lbs
Size: 7.60h x 5.10w x 1.40d
ISBN: 9781839648809

About the Author
Harry Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951) was an enormously successful author both commercially and critically, but despite being the first writer from the US to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930, he has been criminally underrated - until recently. Born in Minnesota, he graduated from Yale in 1908 and pursued his vocation, writing for newspapers and magazines and publishing potboilers until releasing his first serious novels, including 1917's The Job. His stellar success came with the satirical novels Main Street (1920) and Babbitt (1922) and several of his works were adapted for film. His insightful criticism of American capitalism, mores and politics (not least his uncanny 1935 dystopia It Can't Happen Here), and his representations of modern working women mark him out as a truly far-sighted novelist of our time.

James M. Hutchisson (introduction), Emeritus Professor of English at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, is a specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. He is the author of The Rise of Sinclair Lewis, editor of Sinclair Lewis: New Essays in Criticism, and Past President of The Sinclair Lewis Society. His most recent book is Ernest Hemingway: A New Life.
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