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Main Street

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Main Street

by Sinclair Lewis

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New York: Harcourt, Brace and Howe, 1920. 1st Edition.. Hardcover. Very Good. Copyright date 1920, 1st edition, 1st printing. With 1920 both on the copyright page and the title page. No tears, bent pages, nor any writing. Blue cloth over boards with orange and red lettering on a blue and orange on the front and on the spine. Foxing to the for edge and bottom page edges also along the bottom page edge near the for edge is a light soiling spot. No Dust Jacket. Light Browning to the inside covers front and back. Shelf wear to the edges and to the head and toe of the spine with bumps to the head and toe of the spine The text is bright and clean, binding is secure, a solid collectible book one of the top 100 novels of the 20th century. Size: 7ľ" - 9ľ" Tall


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. Upon arrival, Carol is shocked by the conservatism and general backwardness of Gopher Prairie—which is loosely based on Lewis’ hometown of Sauk Centre, Minnesota. The residents of Gopher Prairie seem more interested in gossip than larger cultural or social issues, which frustrates Carol. In various attempts to reform the town, she implements one improvement project after another, all of them ending in failure. In the end, Carol realizes that her frustrations with the individuals of the town should really have been directed towards its institutions and that although she was been beaten, she has kept the faith. Lewis initially seems to be attacking his small town roots in the novel, but his satire is double-edged; Main Street is not only a critique of simple townspeople, but also of the superficial intellectuals who look down on them. Main Street was not expected to be a commercial success. Lewis anticipated selling 10,000 copies; Harcourt, Brace and Howe anticipated 20,000. In the first six months of 1921, Main Street sold over 180,000 copies. Main Street is ranked 68th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century. The novel was initially awarded the Pulitzer Prize for literature that year, but the Board of Trustees overturned the decision and gave the prize to Edith Wharton for The Age of Innocence instead. (In 1925, Lewis rejected the Pulitzer Prize for Arrowsmith because he felt that he had deserved the prize for Main Street.) 

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Main Street
Sinclair Lewis
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1st Edition.
Harcourt, Brace and Howe
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New York
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