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Main Street

Sinclair 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. She saw no Indians now; she saw flour-mills and the blinking windows of skyscrapers in Minneapolis and St. Paul. ... A girl on a hilltop; credulous, plastic, young; drinking the air as she longed to drink life. The eternal aching comedy of expectant youth."

Main Street; the story of Carol Kennicott is one of the Sinclair Lewis’ earliest and best novels and established him as a major American novelist. Main Street explores and satirizes small-town American life in the 1920s as Carol Kennicott tries to shoehorn her life’s aspirations into the narrow and hypocritical boundaries of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota. Published in 1920, Lewis went on to write 22 novels and three plays, and has the distinction of being America’s first winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1930.

Book publisher: Harcourt, Brace & Howe, New York
Book copyright: 1920
Book edition: First edition, first printing, characterized by the lack of battered type in the folio of page 54 and the letter y in may at the bottom of page 387
451 (468 bound pages)
Size: 5″ x 7-5/8″
Dust jacket
: No
Illustrations: None
Digital edition © 2005 Curtis Philips. All Rights Reserved.

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