What would happen if a vain, outlandish, anti-immigrant, fear-mongering demagogue ran for presidency of the United States – and won? Written over 80 years ago, It Can't Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis’ cautionary tale of a fragile democracy under threat is a prescient reminder that it really can happen here.
Sinclair Lewis was an American playwright and novelist. Born in 1885, he received his bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1908 and published his first novel, Hike and the Aeroplane, in 1912. He published Babbitt, perhaps his most fanous work, in 1922 and in 1926 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Arrowsmith but rejected it. In 1930 he was the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died in Rome, in 1951, and his last novel World So Wide was published posthumously.