An overview of the main street by sinclair lewis

Though she enjoys the beautiful city, she feels lonely in its largely anonymous crowds. On the train, going to her new home, she deplores the rundown condition of the countryside and wonders whether the northern Midwest has a future.

Despite her ineffective efforts, she is constantly derided by the leading cliques. Erik leaves Gopher Prairie. However, she eventually finds out that he does not care for social reform and that he has settled down to enjoy small town life.

Main Street began as a story to be called "The Village Virus," a study which was completed in but never published.

This Library of America series edition is printed on acid-free paper and features Smyth-sewn binding, a full cloth cover, and a ribbon marker. Inhe rented Thorvale Farm on Oblong Road. When she meets Will Kennicott, a doctor from Gopher Prairie, and listens to his praise of his hometown, she agrees to marry him.

Next Lewis published Elmer Gantrywhich depicted an evangelical minister as deeply hypocritical.

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Unfortunately, Bea and her son Olaf die from typhoid. Serving as a U. Carol idealizes Guy Pollock, thinking that he shares her interest in reforming the town. The grand climax was the stock market crash offollowed by the great depression of the s.

His father, a physician, led a strictly disciplined life, and his mother died when he was six. However, Carol discovers that the dull townspeople do not like change. Lewis later became involved with a young actress, Marcella Powers. The Kennicott house is a Victorian horror, but Will says he likes it.

It is then that she realizes the shabbiness surrounding her.

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He never returned alive. She enjoys the cultural opportunities of the city but is willing after a time to return to her husband and Gopher Prairie. Meanwhile, Bea and Miles Bjornstam marry. His first novel, Our Mr. Lewis named his son at birth in honor of a friend, Dr.

He has a grotesque facility for reproducing it, a talent like playing the saw or cracking knuckles. Lewis traveled to Stockholm to receive the prize, the first American writer to be thus honored. Erik finds himself attracted to Carol and goes out with her for long walks.

Later inhe and Dorothy purchased a second home in rural Vermont. Work on that novel continued through mid, when he completed Main Streetwhich was published on October 23, Lewis reached a high level in with the appearance of Main Street.

After they make up, she begins to fall in love with him all over again. The town librarian staunchly asserts that her primary trust is to preserve the books. He convinces Carol that Gopher Prairie needs her. He is America incarnate, exuberant and exquisite.

Lewis surrounds him with a gallery of familiar American types—small businessman, Rotarians, Elks, boosters, supporters of evangelical Christianity. Disappointed by her first impression of the Gopher Prairie, Carol finds the town to be ugly and the townspeople to be provincial.

Although Kennicott feels distressed when Carol leaves, she assures him that she will return someday. That same year also saw the publication of another potboiler, The Innocents: In its first six months, Main Street soldcopies, [12] and within a few years, sales were estimated at two million.

Main Street

He remained unpopular and was distinguished only by his unattractiveness as a result of a skin disease. When she tries to change the unimaginative club programs, the other members ignore her suggestions.Main Street by Sinclair Lewis.

Main Street () is a story about Carol Milford, who is convinced by her new husband, Dr.

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Will Kennicott, to leave the city life to which she is accustomed. Well, that's what Carol Kennicott feels like in Sinclair Lewis' Main Street, and this book is all about exploring the ways that people try to cope with unsatisfying lives.

Like Carol, Sinclair Lewis was no stranger to disappointment: he had written five novels prior 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.5/5(6).

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 lingering affection for the men and women, who, as Lewis wrote of George Babbitt, want.

A short summary of Sinclair Lewis's Main Street. This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of Main Street. Main Street Summary.

Main Street, originally published inis the story of a sophisticated young woman who moves to a small town in the American Midwest in and struggles against the small-minded culture of the citizens who live town, Gopher Prairie, is closely patterned on Sauk Centre, Min-nesota, which is where Sinclair Lewis grew up, although the book makes clear that it.

An overview of the main street by sinclair lewis
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