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Main Street

by Sinclair Lewis - £7.99  Alma Books Ltd (2023)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781847498960 | ISBN 10: 1847498965

Fully annotated edition with over 400 notes.
 
Young college graduate Carol Kennicott moves from a big city to Gopher Prairie, Minnesota, the small town from which her new husband hails. Imbued with ideals of urban improvement, she dreams of redesigning her adopted village, but her efforts are thwarted by the narrow-mindedness, pettiness and conventionality of the locals, who conspire against her and deride all her endeavours.
 
An enormous commercial and critical success on its first publication in 1920, Main Street – regarded by many as Sinclair Lewis’s best novel – delivers a scathing satire on the American dream, and is invaluable as a document of pre-Prohibition Middle America.

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