Introduction sinclair lewis's main street, published in 1920, was not expected to be a commercial successlewis felt it would sell 10,000 copies, and his publisher predicted a run of 20,000 would be adequate. Main street by sinclair lewis and a great selection of similar used, new and collectible books available now at abebookscom. Main street sinclair lewis 376 21,785 ratings book overview: carol milford is a liberal, free-spirited young woman, reared in the metropolis of minneapolis. The protagonist of sinclair lewis's 1935 novel it can't happen here sees something dark brewing in american politics. When you walk down the main street of this central minnesota town, there's no escaping the presence of its most famous native son signs point to sinclair lewis avenue and the original main street.
Sinclair lewis, the first american to win the nobel prize for literature, was a colossus of american letters in the first half of the last century arguably, he is the first major modern writer of the 20th century, as there is american literature before main street (1920) and after that seminal novel, which revolutionized writing in the us. Sinclair lewis's novel main street is a scathing indictment of life in small-town america during the early years of the 20th century the novel tells the story of. Main street is a satirical novel written by sinclair lewis, and published in 1920 plot summary carol milford, the. Get the wall street journal's opinion columnists, editorials, op-eds, letters to the editor, and book and arts reviews.
Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of main street it helps middle and high school students understand harry sinclair lewis's literary masterpiece. Main streetbysinclair lewismain street is a satirical novel written by sinclair lewis, and published in 1920carol milford is a liberal, free-spirited young woman, reared in saint paul, minnesota, the state capital. Main street, by sinclair lewis chapter 22 the greatest mystery about a human being is not his reaction to sex or praise, but the manner in which he contrives to put in twenty-four hours a day. Traveler overview 4 all reviews palmer house historical home in town small town sinclair lewis main street get quick answers from sinclair lewis. Main street is the lewis novel best known in the author's birthplace, sauk centre, minnesota, for in spite of its satire, it reflects the true nature of the town and its inhabitants previous book summary.
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Main street, written by harry sinclair lewis, is an attempt to explore and expose the narrow-mindedness, mediocrity, and conformity of small-town america in the beginnings of the twentieth century l. In main street and babbitt, sinclair lewis drew on his boyhood memories of sauk centre, minnesota, to reveal as no writer had done before the complacency and conformity of middle-class life in america. Introduction sinclair lewis's main street, published in 1920, was not expected to be a commercial success lewis felt it would sell 10,000 copies, and his publisher predicted a run of 20,000 would be adequate. Sinclair lewis profile on sinclair lewis' grave stone at greenwood cemetery in sauk center, minnesota, is engraved the year of his birth, the year of his death and the simple words, author of main street .
Sinclair lewis booklist sinclair lewis message board detailed plot synopsis reviews of main street carol milford, an idealistic young librarian in turn-of-the-century st paul, marries a country doctor who convinces her that, as his wife, she will be able to uplift and reform a grateful society in a minnesota prairie town. With commentary by e m forster, dorothy parker, h l mencken, lewis mumford, rebecca west, sherwood anderson, malcolm cowley, alfred kazin, constance rourke, and mark schorer main street, the story of an idealistic young woman's attempts to reform her small town, brought lewis immediate acclaim.
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.