In 1885, Harry Sinclair Lewis was born at this middle-class house in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. “Red” was tall, a loner and an avid reader who dreamed of escaping the Midwest to become a famous writer. He had early success as the editor of the Yale Literary Magazine. This was followed by a few published short stories and novels. His first blockbuster was “Main Street” in 1920. Former neighbors saw themselves in the thinly guised story of small-town life in Gopher Prairie. Six more popular novels followed by the end of the decade. In 1930, Sinclair Lewis became the first U.S. writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Learn more about this great 20th century novelist by touring his boyhood home.