Main Street

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Dover Publications, Aug 17, 2016 - Fiction - 400 pages
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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.

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Both novels contained in this book are terrific. Midwest America in the early 20th Century. Its prejudices, desires, aspirations are chronicled in each work. We tend to be nostalgic for these times ... Read full review

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Novelist, short story writer, and playwright Sinclair Lewis (1885 1951) was a native of Sauk Center, Wisconsin, and intimately acquainted with the small towns of the American heartland. In 1930 he became the first American writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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