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Main Street (Bantam Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780553214512
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The first of Sinclair Lewiss 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, Lewiss 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.

Lewiss 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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This classic by Sinclair Lewis shattered the  sentimental American myth of happy small-town life  with its satire. Main Street  attacks the conformity and dullness of early 20th  Century midwestern village life in the story of Carol  Milford, the city girl who marries the town doctor.  Her efforts to bring culture to the prairie  village are met by a wall of gossip, greed, and petty  small-minded bigotry. Lewis's complex and compelling  work established him as an important character in  American literature.

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Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951) won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1930, the first American novelist to be so honored. He was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, the son of a doctor. After an extremely unhappy childhood, he went to Yale but left before graduation to work in Upton Sinclairs socialist colony at Helicon Hall in Englewood, New Jersey. Unable to make a living as a freelance writer, he returned to Yale and graduated in 1908. In 1914 he published his first novel, Our Mr. Wrenn: The Romantic Adventures of a Gentle Man. But it was not until his sixth novel, Main Street (1920), that he won recognition as an important American novelist, the first to challenge the myth of the happy quintessentially American small town. His major works are Babbitt (1922), Arrowsmith (1925), which won a Pulitzer Prize that Lewis refused to accept, Elmer Gantry (1927), Dodsworth (1929), and It Cant Happen Here (1935), which he also wrote as a play in 1936. Married and divorced twice, the second time to pioneering newspaperwoman Dorothy Thompson, Lewis was a prolific writer, publishing dozens of books and innumerable articles throughout his career. He died alone in Rome on January 10, 1951, and his ashes were returned to Sauk Centre, the “Main Street” hed rejected so many decades before but which in death took him back as its own.

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Flying Olive, December 15, 2012 (view all comments by Flying Olive)
Main Street, while written about people nearly a hundred years ago, is quite a relevant tale about a woman compromising her values to move to a small town and live a conventional life. While the specifics of social climbing and commercial status symbols differ, the struggle of the main character to retain her sense of self while fulfilling society's demands are true to today's world. An interesting critique of feminism's goals then and now!
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Flying Olive, December 15, 2012 (view all comments by Flying Olive)
Main Street, while written about people nearly a hundred years ago, is quite a relevant tale about a woman compromising her values to move to a small town and live a conventional life. While the specifics of social climbing and commercial status symbols differ, the struggle of the main character to retain her sense of self while fulfilling society's demands are true to today's world. An interesting critique of feminism's goals then and now!
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leespeaks, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by leespeaks)
Honestly, I started this book last spring not expecting much. I was quickly amazed at how good it was and how often I've thought of it since I finished reading.

I expected an indictment of small mindedness in small towns. What I got was a shrewd portrait of a small town and human nature.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553214512
Introduction:
Dickstein, Morris
Publisher:
Bantam Classics
Introduction by:
Dickstein, Morris
Introduction:
Dickstein, Morris
Author:
Lewis, Sinclair
Location:
Oklahoma City, Okla. :
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Married women -- Minnesota -- Fiction.
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Bantam Classic
Publication Date:
19960331
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
6.87x4.20x.91 in. .58 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This classic by Sinclair Lewis shattered the  sentimental American myth of happy small-town life  with its satire. Main Street  attacks the conformity and dullness of early 20th  Century midwestern village life in the story of Carol  Milford, the city girl who marries the town doctor.  Her efforts to bring culture to the prairie  village are met by a wall of gossip, greed, and petty  small-minded bigotry. Lewis's complex and compelling  work established him as an important character in  American literature.
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