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Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
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Main Street: The Story of Carol Kennicott is a satirical novel written by Sinclair Lewis. Carol Kennicott is a liberal, free-spirited young woman, reared in the metropolis of Saint Paul, Minnesota.... More > She marries Will Kennicott, a doctor, who is a small-town boy at heart. When they marry, Will convinces her to live in his home-town of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota (a town modeled on Sauk Centre, Minnesota, the author's birthplace). Carol is appalled at the backwardness of Gopher Prairie. But her disdain for the town's physical ugliness and smug conservatism compels her to reform it. She speaks with its members about progressive changes, joins women's clubs, distributes literature, and holds parties to liven up Gopher Prairie's inhabitants. Despite her friendly, but ineffective efforts, she is constantly derided by the leading cliques. She finds comfort and companionship outside her social class. In her unhappiness, Carol leaves her husband and moves for a time to Washington, D.C., but she eventually returns.< Less
Babbitt By Sinclair Lewis
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Babbitt is a novel by Sinclair Lewis. Largely a satire of American culture, society, and behavior, it critiques the vacuity of middle-class American life and its pressure on individuals toward... More > conformity. An immediate and controversial bestseller, Babbitt is one of Lewis’s most well known novels and was influential in the decision to award him the Nobel Prize in literature in 1930. If Sinclair Lewis's first widely acclaimed novel, Main Street, sought to shatter early twentieth-century romanticizations of small-town America, his subsequent work, Babbitt, turned a critical eye towards the celebrated mid-sized industrial city, home to the enterprising American businessman. Zenith is a typical mid-sized, Midwestern city. Lewis himself was very critical of the similarities between most American cities, especially when compared to the diverse and, what he considered to be, more culturally rich cities of Europe. Lewis had very clear goals. He did not want to create a caricature but a living individual.< Less

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