Produced by charles keller main street by sinclair lewis to james branch cabell and joseph hergesheimer this is america--a town of a carolina hills main street is the climax of civilization that this ford car might stand in front of the bon ton store, hannibal invaded rome and erasmus. 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 the remarkable novels presented here in this library of america volume combine brilliant satire with a.
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 not that it works: at the end of the novel, carol still feels trapped and dissatisfied by life in gopher prairie but at least she has some hope that the future. Main street is still the main thoroughfare, and some of the buildings on it still look pretty much as they must have looked when young harry lewis walked its snowy sidewalks the sinclair lewis museum shares space with the local chamber of commerce office in a small building just off the interstate. Book overview in 1930 sinclair lewis became the first american to win the nobel prize for literature, and the 1920 publication of main street brought him sinclair lewis decided to paint a picture of the difference between small town life, and urban sophistication by telling the story of a young educated. Sinclair lewis in this classic, 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 mid western village life in the story of carol milford, the city girl who marries the town doctor.
Main street established lewis as a major american novelist tic 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. Main street by sinclair lewis after taking a look around, carol is unnerved by the stature and state of the buildings in gopher prairie bea sorensen's tour of gopher prairie leaves her awestruck. Main street by: sinclair lewis read a plot overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter summary and analysis see a complete list of the characters in main street and in-depth analyses of carol kennicott, and dr will kennicott.
Sinclair lewis: main street 1 chapter i (continued) iii though she was minnesota-born carol was not an intimate of the prairie villages as she climbed along the banks of the dark river carol listened to its fables about the wide land of yellow waters and bleached buffalo bones to the west the. In writing main street, sinclair lewis paid little attention to formal plot development consequently the narrative presents a series of episodes rather than carol becomes a member of the jolly seventeen, a bridge club composed of an elite group of young married women she also joins the thanatopsis. Main street by sinclair lewis description: 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. Main street - sinclair lewis - 1920 introduction sinclair lewis's main street (1920) was the first best-selling american novel of the century, selling the career of sinclair lewis is impressive in its presumption, range, and achievement he undertook to reflect in his novels the distresses felt by a.
When sinclair lewis wrote main street nearly a century ago now, main street was thriving, the commercial pulse of the nation a veritable galaxy of hubbub dots across the map lewis did not predict the demise of main street in this formidable novel, but in capturing its soul, a soul bereft of. I found main street to be rather slow going this time round, and i found myself putting it down for a day or two here and there and turning to other diversions but i always returned, and towards the end of the extended read, i found myself wondering if the long, slow tone were in fact a deliberate attempt by. Author:sinclair lewis language: eng format: mobi, epub tags: fiction / classics, unread isbn: 9781486151141 publisher: emereo pty limited published: 1992-09-01t22:00:00+00:00 chapter xix i in three years of exile from herself carol had certain experiences chronicled as important by. Sinclair lewis's first serious novel, our mr wrenn: the romantic adventures of a gentle man, appeared in 1914, followed by the trail of the hawk: a comedy in its first six months, main street sold 180,000 copies, and within a few years, sales were estimated at two million according to. 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.
Sinclair lewis main street to james branch cabell and joseph hergesheimer main street is the climax of civilization that this ford car might stand in front of the bon ton store, hannibal invaded rome and erasmus wrote in oxford cloisters. The story of main street by sinclair lewis had been written as an aggressive satire that focused primarily on social issues of the small towns of the american midwest this was in order to provoke a different, or perhaps, a negative view of the small, rural town life to the readers of the 1920's. She walked the streets with her head down when she spied mrs mcganum or mrs dyer ahead she crossed over with an elaborate pretense of looking at a billboard but she was sickened by glimpses of the gang of boys from fourteen to twenty who loafed before dyer's drug store, smoking cigarettes. Main street is a satirical novel written by sinclair lewis, and published in 1920 carol milford, the daughter of a judge, grew up in mankato, minnesota and became an orphan in her teens in college, she reads a book on village improvement in a sociology class and begins to dream of redesigning.
Sinclair lewis: sinclair lewis, american novelist and social critic who punctured american complacency with his broadly drawn, widely popular satirical novels he undertook the writing of main street as a major effort, assuming that it would not bring him the ready rewards of magazine fiction. Read this full essay on main street, sinclair lewis in both babbit (1922) and main street (1920) lewis shows us the american culture of the 1920's he writes about the growing cities, the small towns, the common american man, the strong american need to conform, cultural integration, morals. Sinclair lewis booklist sinclair lewis message board detailed plot synopsis reviews of main street carol milford, an idealistic young librarian in turn-of-the-century st paul, marries a country doctor who convinces her that, as his wife, she will be able to uplift and reform a grateful society in a. Main street is a story about carol milford, who is convinced by her new husband, dr will kennicott, to leave the city life to which she is accustomed they relocate to his hometwon of gopher prairie, minnesota, where she is taken aback by the little town's backward ways and ugly appearance, which.