Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

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Newly married to local doctor Will Kennicott, free-sprited Carol Milford sets out to reform and improve her new hometown of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota, beautify its streets and educate its citizens. Published in 1920, Main Street was a major bestseller, reflecting the public’s interest in wholesome small-town life. At the same time, however, Sinclair Lewis derided small-town attitudes throughout the book with his trademark satiric humour.

A winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Sinclair Lewis wrote stories heavily influenced by America’s urbanization, industrialization and loss of frontier in the post-war period.

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Richard Lingeman is a senior editor of The Nation. He is the author of Small Town America, a biography of Theodore Dreiser, and Sinclair Lewis: Rebel from Main Street.
Published March 30, 2011 by HarperPerennial Classics. 560 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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In recent years you could hardly pick up a paperback of a Sinclair Lewis novel without finding somewhere on its covers this partial quotation from Mark Schorer's 1961 biography of Lewis: "without his writing one cannot imagine modern American literature."

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