Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

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Carol Milford is a young, liberated woman from Saint Paul, Minnesota, who marries a small-town doctor named Will Kennicott. Persuaded to move to Gopher Prairie, her husband’s home-town, Carol is horrified to find herself living in an ugly, back-water community. A satiric depiction of Carol’s attempt to raise the inhabitants of Gopher Prairie to her own smug level, “Main Street” is one of Sinclair Lewis’s most significant works.

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Brooke Allen holds a Ph.D. in English literature from Columbia University. She is a book critic whose work has appeared in numerous publications including The Atlantic Monthly, The New Criterion, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Hudson Review, and The New Leader. A collection of her essays, Twentieth Century Attitudes, will be published in 2003.
Published March 30, 2011 by Barnes & Noble Classics. 560 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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(Does it tell us something about Lewis that Martin Chuzzlewit has always been one of the least popular works in the Dickens canon?) When Our Mr. Wrenn first brought Lewis to serious attention in 1914, reviewers repeatedly compared it to Dickens.

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Marquand, Main Street, movie adaptations, Our Town, Point of No Return, Spoon River Anthology, The Art of Fielding, The God of Small Things, The House of Yes, The Late George Apley, The Little Stranger, The Sea The Sea, The Secret History, The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll, The Silent Twins, The...

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TAGS Art and Science of Hitting, Chad Harbach, Don DeLillo, End Zone, Gustave Flaubert, Harpooners, Henry Skrimshander, Lake Michigan, Matt Christie, Melville, Moby Dick, Ozzie Smith, Philip Roth, Robin Yount, The Art of Fielding, The Art of Hitting, The Art of War, The Bill James Abstract, The G...

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