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October 23, 2012

Life on Main Street

Sinclair Lewis (1885 – 1951)

On this day in 1920 Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street was published. This was the first of a string of hit novels over the next decade, most of which poked and scolded at the puritan terrors of small town life-conformity, boosterism, “a range of grotesque vulgarity,” says one critic, “which but for him would have left no record.” A Pulitzer (rejected) and eventually a Nobel (accepted) would follow.

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