Main Street

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Wildside Press, Sep 1, 2007 - Fiction - 456 pages
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Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. In 1930 he became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. This novel is about a young girl, recently graduated from college, who sets out to find action in the big city. It is a classic story upon which many novels, movies, and television shows are based.

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I couldn't tell sometimes if this story of early 20th century small town morals and social pressures was feminist or mocking. Carol, a young woman who has lost her parents, becomes a librarian in St ... Read full review

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This is a well written story of life in a simpler time,but not simple life! A good,digestable read. A good choice if you never read Lewis before. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Harry Sinclair Lewis was born on February 7, 1885 in Minnesota. He was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. In 1930, he became the first writer from the United States to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. A lonely child, Lewis immersed himself in reading and diary writing. While studying at Yale University and living in writer Upton Sinclair's communal house, he wrote for Yale Literary Magazine and helped to build the Panama Canal. After graduating from Yale in 1908, Lewis began writing fiction, publishing 22 novels by the end of his career. His early works, while often praised by literary critics, did not reach popularity but with Main Street (1920), Babbitt (1922), Arrowsmith (1925), Elmer Gantry (1927), and Dodsworth (1929), Sinclair Lewis achieved fame as a writer. His style of choice was satire; he explored American small-town life, conformity, hypocrisy, and materialism. Sinclair Lewis was married and divorced twice. As his career wound down, he spent his later life in Europe and died in Rome on January 10, 1951.

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