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Main Street - (Signet Classics) by Sinclair Lewis (Paperback)

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  • The first of Sinclair Lewis's great successes, Main Street shattered the sentimental American myth of happy small-town life with its satire of narrow-minded provincialism.
  • About the Author: Sinclair Lewis was born in 1885 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, and graduated from Yale University in 1908.
  • 480 Pages
  • Fiction + Literature Genres, Classics
  • Series Name: Signet Classics

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About the Book



Notable for shattering the uniquely American myth of the open, progressive-minded small town, this novel's incisive attack on the provincial mentality stunned a nation that was proud of its new prosperity and power. This edition features a new Introduction. Revised reissue.



Book Synopsis



The first of Sinclair Lewis's great successes, Main Street shattered the sentimental American myth of happy small-town life with its satire of narrow-minded provincialism. Reflecting his own unhappy childhood in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, Lewis's sixth novel attacked the conformity and dullness he saw in midwestern village life. Young college graduate Carol Milford moves from the city to tiny Gopher Prairie after marrying the local doctor, and tries to bring culture to the small town. But her efforts to reform the prairie village are met by a wall of gossip, greed, conventionality, pitifully unambitious cultural endeavors, and--worst of all--the pettiness and bigotry of small-town minds.

Lewis's portrayal of a marriage torn by disillusionment and a woman forced into compromises is at once devastating social satire and persuasive realism. His subtle characterizations and intimate details of small-town America make Main Street a complex and compelling work and established Lewis as an important figure in twentieth-century American literature.



About the Author



Sinclair Lewis was born in 1885 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, and graduated from Yale University in 1908. His college career was interrupted by various part-time occupations, including a period working at the Helicon Home Colony, Upton Sinclair's socialist experiment in New Jersey. He worked for some years as a free lance editor and journalist, during which time he published several minor novels. But with the publication of Main Street (1920), which sold half a million copies, he achieved wide recognition. This was followed by the two novels considered by many to be his finest, Babbitt (1922) and Arrowsmith (1925), which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1926, but declined by Lewis. In 1930, following Elmer Gantry (1927) and Dodsworth (1929), Sinclair Lewis became the first American author to be awarded the Nobel Prize for distinction in world literature. This was the apogee of his literary career, and in the period from Ann Vickers (1933) to the posthumously published World So Wide (1951) Lewis wrote ten novels that reveal the progressive decline of his creative powers. From Main Street to Stockholm, a collection of his letters, was published in 1952, and The Man from Main Street, a collection of essays, in 1953. During his last years Sinclair Lewis wandered extensively in Europe, and after his death in Rome in 1951 his ashes were returned to his birthplace.
Dimensions (Overall): 6.87 Inches (H) x 4.29 Inches (W) x 1.03 Inches (D)
Weight: .52 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 480
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Classics
Series Title: Signet Classics
Publisher: Signet Book
Format: Paperback
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Language: English
Street Date: June 3, 2008
TCIN: 11825692
UPC: 9780451530981
Item Number (DPCI): 248-25-5434
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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