In this classic satire of small-town America, beautiful young Carol Kennicott comes to Gopher Prairie, Minnesota, with dreams of transforming the provincial old town into a place of beauty and culture. But she runs into a wall of bigotry, hypocrisy and complacency. The first popular bestseller to attack conventional ideas about marriage, gender roles and small town life, Main Street established Lewis as a major American novelist.
Main Street was the sixth novel by Sinclair Lewis and it was published in 1920. Main Street became the first popular and critical success for Lewis. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930, and was the first American writer to win the prestigious prize. (Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2009.) Contemporary Authors Online is just one of the sixteen book and author related databases available to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh card holders. Find these resources on the library website under the Research tab and choose Literature as the subject.
Main Street was selected as a featured title for the adult summer reading book list this year. The Mt. Washington Book Group will be discussing this book on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm. Copies of the book are available in many formats, including eBooks. For more information on downloading this book or other titles on your personal electronic device, check out the eResources page on the library website or ask a librarian for assistance.