In the 1920s, Sinclair Lewis enjoyed a brilliant career “portraying and satirizing what he regarded as the mediocrity, materialism, corruption, and hypocrisy of middle-class life in the United States.” His major novels of the 20s – Main Street, Babbitt, Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, and Dodsworth were all best sellers. Then came the Stock Market Crash of 1929. The middle class was no longer interested in being satirized. Lewis had to look for new material.
With the rise of Hitler and Mussolini, Lewis began to focus on the discussion of whether fascism could rise in the U.S.
Quote from It Can’t Happen Here
“Windrip (the authoritarian candidate) will probably get elected and then drag us into a war just to prove our masculinity and toughness.” Sinclair Lewis