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Main Street
By Sinclair Lewis and George Killough (introduced by)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Signet Classic
Publication date June 3, 2008
Pages 475
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780451530981
ISBN-10 0451530985
Dimensions 1 by 4 by 7 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $5.95
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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.

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