Main street : signed by lewis by lewis, sinclair and a great selection of similar used, new and collectible books available now at abebookscom. Sinclair lewis, writer: dodsworth 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. The 2011 sinclair lewis days festival is july 11-16 as though lifted from a garrison keillor monologue, the events include a miss sauk centre pageant, a street dance, turtle races (bring your own.
Lewis felt that main street should have won the pulitzer prize in 1921 but was edged out by edith wharton's, the age of innocence it so incensed lewis that when he did win it in 1925 for arrowsmith, he refused to accept the award. Main street, by sinclair lewis, is part of the barnes & noble classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. 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. As his biographer mark schorer wrote, the phenomenal success of main street was the most sensational event in twentieth-century american publishing history lewis's agent had the most.
Main street by sinclair lewis is a satirical novel concerning small town america the story follows carol milford, a liberal and free-spirited woman, as she marries dr william kennicott and settles in his hometown of gopher prairie, minnesota. Thoughts: in main street, sinclair lewis provides a crystal-clear picture of small-town living during the early part of the twentieth century the result is a charming, honest look at one small, midwestern town and all of its inhabitants. The project gutenberg ebook of main street, by sinclair lewis this ebook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. Context harry sinclair lewis was born february 7, 1885, in the small minnesota town of sauk centre, which would ultimately provide the model for the town of gopher prairie in main street.
In writing main street, sinclair lewis paid little attention to formal plot development consequently the narrative presents a series of episodes rather than a tightly constructed plot carol milford kennicott, a graduate of sanctimonious blodgett college, with a year of additional study in a. National humanities center sinclair lewis, main street, 1920, excerpts: carol kennicott in washington, dc 3 ii for a month they discussed it they hurt each other very. 1950 508 pages paperback book book is in better condition than most examples of this age neat, clean, well bound pages with very minimal foxing, tanning and thumbing.
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 was born and raised in sauk centre, minnesota despite a comfortable life as the son of a doctor, lewis yearned to escape the provincial, small midwestern town. 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. Main street sinclair lewis, 1920 ~400 pp (varies by publisher) summary sinclair lewis's barbed portrait of gopher prairie, minnesota, shattered the myth of the american middle west as god's country and became a symbol of the cultural narrow-mindedness and smug complacency of small towns everywhere.
It suggest putting links to any literary critisicms for sinclair lewis i think that would help because it's difficult to look for critisicm's of his many books. The most celebrated are sinclair lewis, whose novel main street (1920) is a satirical portrait of small-town provincialism modeled on his hometown of sauk centre,.
Sinclair lewis boxed set - 16 titles in one volume: babbitt, main street, the trail of the hawk, moths in the arc light, nature, inc, the cat of the stars and more. Like carol, sinclair lewis was no stranger to disappointment: he had written five novels prior to main street and hadn't succeeded with any of them that would all change when main street hit shelves in 1920 and sold 250,000 copies in its first year—a crazy huge number for the 1920s. About main street sinclair lewis's barbed portrait of gopher prairie, minnesota, shattered the myth of the american middle west as god's country and became a symbol of the cultural narrow-mindedness and smug complacency of small towns everywhere. Sinclair lewis from main street (1920) by sin clair lewis on a hill by the mississippi where chippewas camped two generations ago, a girl stood in relief against the cornflower blue of northern sky.