Main street, notes from the editors, from the limited edition collection, the 100 greatest masterpieces of american literature lewis, sinclair published by the franklin library, franklin center, pa (1978. 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. 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 main street (1920) 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.
Main street is a classic satirical novel written by sinclair lewis and published in 1920 the book centers around carol milford, a free-spirited young woman from saint paul minnesota who marries a doctor from a small town. The corner of sinclair lewis avenue and main street in sauk centre, minn paul middlestaedt for mpr news nearly 100 years after the publication of main street, a group of residents is working to. 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. 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.
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. 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. In july 1920, in a washington heat wave, sinclair lewis finished main street he gave the book to his friend alfred harcourt, who had started a new publishing house to be known, in time, as harcourt, brace, in which lewis had invested some of his own money. 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,.
On the other hand, the sinclair lewis boyhood home, which sits just off main street and is also open to visitors most days of the week, is well maintained and boasts, in the person of a part-time. Find great deals on ebay for main street sinclair lewis shop with confidence. 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.
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. Harry sinclair lewis (february 7, 1885 - january 10, 1951) was an american novelist, short-story writer, and playwrightin 1930, he became the first writer from the united states to receive the nobel prize in literature, which was awarded for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters.
Main street by sinclair lewis and a great selection of similar used, new and collectible books available now at abebookscom. From main street to stockholm, a collection of his letters, was published in 1952, and the man from main street, a collection of essays, in 1953 during his last years sinclair lewis wandered extensively in europe, and after his death in rome in 1951 his ashes were returned to his birthplace. Main street is a satirical novel written by sinclair lewis, and published in 1920.
Main streetbysinclair lewismain street is a satirical novel written by sinclair lewis, and published in 1920carol milford is a liberal, free-spirited young woman, reared in saint paul, minnesota, the state capital. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by project gutenberg. 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.
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. 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. Main street is a novel by sinclair lewis that was first published in 1920.