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Main Street

Main Street

By: Sinclair Lewis

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In 1930 Sinclair Lewis became the first American to win the Nobel Prize for literature, and the 1920 publication of Main Street brought him his first serious critical recognition. Born and raised in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, Lewis knew the American heartland as few other writers have. He both loved and despised small towns, and the tension between those feelings permeates this classic novel.
The setting is Gopher Prairie, a bastion of prosaic, small-minded, middle-class values. Its newest inhabitant is the beautiful young Carol Kennicott, who dreams of transforming her adopted hometown into an oasis of beauty, refinement, and culture. But Carol is no match for the town's provincialism, and her struggle to overcome the complacency, bigotry, and hypocrisy of Gopher Prairie becomes the author's devastating and satiric take on all small towns.

First published: NY: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1920
First Dover Thrift edition: 1999
2016: Reissue of 1999 Dover edition.
AvailabilityUsually ships in 24 to 48 hours
ISBN 100486406555
ISBN 139780486406558
Author/EditorSinclair Lewis
FormatBook
Grade level9 and Up (ages 14 and up)
Page Count416
Dimensions5 x 8

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