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The Job

Foreword by Ruth Robbins / Introduction by James M. Hutchisson
Published by Flame Tree 451
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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About The Book

Sinclair Lewis' scandalous tale of Una Golden, who dared to work, marry, divorce and find success in the male-dominated society of New York in the early 1900s.

Sinclair Lewis, the first American to win the Nobel Prize for literature, and a writer lauded both for his craft and his principles, wrote The Job as a statement of female empowerment, and self-determination over societal expectation. Written in the early years of the 1900s Lewis' central character, highly unusual for the era, is a woman, Una Golden, who gains work in an exclusively male world of commercial real estate. Golden struggles for the recognition of her male peers while balancing romantic and work life; she marries, divorces, continues to work hard and finally emerges triumphant on her own terms.

Flame Tree 451 presents a new series, The Foundations of Feminist Fiction. The early 1900s saw a quiet revolution in literature dominated by male adventure heroes. Both men and women moved beyond the norms of the male gaze to write from a different gender perspective, sometimes with female protagonists, but also expressing the universal freedom to write on any subject whatsoever. Each book features a brand new biography and a new glossary of Literary, Gothic and Victorian terms.

About The Author

Sinclair Lewis (1885–1951), the first writer from the US to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, released his first serious novels from 1914, including 1917’s The Job. Main Street (1920) and Babbitt (1922) earned him stellar success. His satirizing of American capitalism and politics, and his modern female characters, make him a writer to be valued.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Flame Tree 451 (May 10, 2022)
  • Length: 416 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781839648809

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