, 2006 - Fiction
- 348 pages
1920. Illustrated with scenes from the Photoplay, a Warner Brothers screen classic. Lewis, was the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Possibly the greatest satirist of his age, Lewis wrote novels that present a devastating picture of middle-class American life in the 1920s. Although he ridiculed the values, the lifestyles, and even the speech of his characters, there is often affection behind the irony. Lewis began his career as a journalist, editor, and hack writer. He became an important literary figure with the publication of Main Street, the first popular bestseller to attack conventional ideas about marriage, gender roles, and small town life. The novel follows beautiful young Carol Kennicott who comes to Gopher Prairie, Minnesota, with dreams of transforming the provincial old town into a place of beauty and culture, but instead runs into a wall of bigotry, hypocrisy and complacency. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.