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Published in 1920, the highly-regarded “Main Street” contributed to the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Sinclair Lewis ten years later. Set in the fictitious small town of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota, “Main Street” remains one of the most famous – and relevant – satires of small-town life and morals. Educated in Chicago, where she is exposed to many extremist views of the Arts and Crafts era reformers, the young heroine Carol Milford reluctantly agrees to move with her new husband to Gopher Prairie. The idealistic young woman sets out to reform the conservative townspeople, who respond by shunning her and her efforts, all of which leads to problems within her own household and marriage. Anyone who has grown up or spent time in a small town, or who is curious what happens when a reformer finds herself in one, will find “Main Street” an insightful read with much to be shared, analyzed, and discussed.
E-book and Kindle version of “Main Street” available here through Project Gutenberg.