Dodsworth (World Cultural Heritage Library)

9781438788487: Dodsworth (World Cultural Heritage Library)

Meet Sam Dodsworth, an amiable fifty-year-old millionaire and "American Captain of Industry, believing in the Republican Party, high tariffs and, so long as they did not annoy him personally, in Prohibition and the Episcopal Church." Dodsworth runs an auto manufacturing firm, but his beautiful wife, Fran, obsessed with the notion that she is growing old, persuades him to sell his interest in the company and take her to Europe. He agrees for the sake of their marriage, but before long, the pretensions of the cosmopolitan scene prove more enticing to Fran than her husband.

Both a devastating, surprisingly contemporary portrait of a marriage falling apart and a grand tour of the Europe of a bygone era, Dodsworth is stamped with Sinclair Lewis's signature satire, wickedly observant of America's foibles and great fun.

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About the Author:

Harry Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), the son of a country doctor, was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. He attended Yale University, where he was editor of the literary magazine, and graduated in 1907. After a few of his stories had appeared in magazines and his first novel, Our Mr. Wrenn (1914), had been published, he was able to write full time. He was awarded the 1926 Pulitzer Prize for Arrowsmith (1925) but refused to accept the honor. However, he accepted the Nobel Prize awarded him in 1930. He was the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Grover Gardner is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the "Best Voices of the Century" and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.

From Publishers Weekly:

Lewis's remarkable 1929 satirical novel about millionaire auto manufacturer Sam Dodsworth, who journeys to Europe with his new wife, is brought to life in a straightforward yet entirely enjoyable performance by Grover Gardner. He offers only slight variations in tone and dialect for each character, but they are always entertaining and realistic. He's never over-the-top or outrageous, which, given the writing style, could easily have been the case. Gardner's Dodsworth is a clear-cut and firm individual whose voice shifts ever so slightly once he begins to realize that there is far more to life than just a paycheck. As Dodsworth's wife, Gardner delivers a slightly more grating tone with a higher pitch reminiscent of a stage performance, which offers a more lighthearted tone at times.
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