Once again Lewis attempted to support himself by writing and

Once again Lewis attempted to support himself by writing...

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Unformatted text preview: Once again Lewis attempted to support himself by writing and, this time, he was able to do so, but his career as a recognized writer still seemed no closer. Lewis published an adventure novel for boys, Hike and the Aeroplane; his short stories fared well; and, in 1914, Our Mr. Wrenn appeared. It was a mildly satiric novel about "the little man" in America, the man who battles his anonymity and triumphs. After Our Mr. Wrenn, Lewis published four more novels, all investigating Lewis' concept of what it means to be "American." In these early books, Lewis wondered aloud about the fate of the American spirit that pioneered and built a nation but now had no more frontiers to conquer. Lewis underlined the question by experimenting with such techniques as exaggeration, broad understatement, and irony. Still, however, in spite of his investigation of America, Lewis seemed to remain largely irony....
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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