Main Street

Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951 (Paperback - 2008)
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Main Street
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Penguin Putnam
The provocative masterpiece

Sinclair Lewis's Main Street is notable for shattering the uniquely American myth of the open, progressive-minded small town. Its incisive attack on the provincial mentality stunned a nation proud of its new prosperity and power.

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Features the story of a college graduate from St. Paul who leaves to marry a doctor in a small, middle-class town, only to find her efforts to bring culture and beauty to the town thwarted by its residents, testing her idealism.

Authors: Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951
Statement of Responsibility: Sinclair Lewis ; with a new introduction by George Killough
Title: Main Street
Publisher: New York : Signet Classic, 2008
Characteristics: 475 p. ; 18 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Women college graduates Fiction Physicians' spouses Fiction City and town life Fiction Married women Fiction Minnesota Fiction Domestic fiction Satire
Topical Term: Women college graduates
Physicians' spouses
City and town life
Married women
Domestic fiction
Additional Contributors: Killough, George
ISBN: 9780451530981
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC L
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Jun 04, 2014
  • ser_library rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

very long, and makes me thankful for feminist support

Dec 19, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Nobel and Pulitzer laureate Sinclair Lewis's first major novel was one of his most controversial and one of his best. Taking dead aim at the hypocrisies, jealousies and gossips of a small, anytown USA, Lewis offers an unflinching look at American values and culture. He also, at a time when there were not many major female writers (Wharton, Cather, Chopin), creates a full-realized female protagonist whose discontents are almost proto-feminist.

Sep 14, 2013
  • Cecilturtle rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I must admit to having trouble seeing this book through. Although I identified Carol's struggles, her socialist and feminist ideals, her inner and personal battles, I found the novel slow, even sluggish - which I suppose was the point. Main Street has an inertia, resistance to change and conformism which swallows and engulfs... for nearly 500 pages. Miles' defeat and Valborg's success are foils that show just how deeply Carol has been enveloped to the point that she wasn't even able to rebuild her life in Washington. The last lines are so pathetic that there's nothing left but to pity Carol. A harsh critique which does not leave much room for hope.


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