The Resource Main Street

Main Street

Label
Main Street
Title
Main Street
Statement of responsibility
Sinclair Lewis ; with an introduction and notes by Martin Bucco
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time With Commentary by E. M. Forster, Dorothy Parker, H. L. Mencken, Lewis Mumford, Rebecca West, Sherwood Anderson, Malcolm Cowley, Alfred Kazin, Constance Rourke, and Mark Schorer "Main Street is the climax of civilization," Sinclair Lewis declared with a typical blend of seriousness and irony. "That this Ford car might stand in front of the Bon Ton Store, Hannibal invaded Rome and Erasmus wrote in Oxford cloisters." Main Street, the story of an idealistic young woman's attempts to reform her small town, brought Lewis immediate acclaim when it was published in 1920. It remains one of the essential texts of the American scene. Lewis Mumford observed: "In Main Street an American had at last written of our life with something of the intellectual rigor and critical detachment that had seemed so cruel and unjustified [in Charles Dickens and Matthew Arnold]. Young people had grown up in this environment, suffocated, stultified, helpless, but unable to find any reason for their spiritual discomfort. Mr. Lewis released them." Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), was born in Sauk Centre, Minne-sota, and graduated from Yale in 1907; in 1930 he became the first American recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Main Street (1920) was his first critical and commercial success. Lewis's other noted books include Babbitt (1922), Arrowsmith (1925), Elmer Gantry (1927), Dodsworth (1929), and It Can't Happen Here (1935)
Summary
Raised in free-thinking St. Paul, Carol Milford is slightly disheartened when she marries Dr. Will Kennicott, moves to a rural town, and reverts to a life of domesticity. Although her husband is not to blame for her unhappiness, Carol quickly becomes disillusioned and begins to contemplate leaving the good doctor
Theme
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040746
Cataloging source
DLC
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1885-1951
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Sinclair Lewis
Dewey number
813.52
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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Bucco, Martin
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True
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Fiction / Classics
Target audience
adult
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the story of Carol Kennicott
Label
Main Street
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Publication
Control code
ODILO:034300003838
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780679641674
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Main Street
Publication
Control code
ODILO:034300003838
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780679641674
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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