"Main Street" by Sinclair Lewis Book Review by Patrick James Lontoc

"Main Street" by Sinclair Lewis
A discussion on Sinclair Lewis' fame which was brought about by his novel "Main Street" which defied the conventional writing of novels.
# 107946 | 1,158 words | 8 sources | APA | 2008 | PH
Published by on Sep 17, 2008 in Literature (American)

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This paper states that Sinclair Lewis was an American author who became famous and controversial because of his novels and his satirical style of writing which criticizes the popular American culture during the 1920s to 1930s. The paper then provides an overview on who Sinclair Lewis was and why he became famous for his writings. The paper also discusses critics' remarks about the works of Sinclair Lewis as well as opinions as to why Sinclair Lewis' works are still relevant today.

Short Biography
Sinclair Lewis's Main Street
Lewis's Rise to Fame
Relevance of Sinclair Lewis' Main Street

From the Paper:

"Main Street sold around 200,000 copies with a few months of its publication and released. It sold around two million copies in the United States alone in 1951. While novels before dared not, Main Street was the first novel by an American to become successful by using criticisms on American popular culture. The publication was timely because Main Street was published during the time when American culture was being questioned, World War I had just ended and women were declared legally equal to men."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Krutch, Joseph Wood. "Sinclair Lewis," in Sinclair Lewis: A Collection of Critical Essays. Ed. Mark Schorer, 147-150. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1962.
  • "Lewis, Sinclair (1885-1951)" from St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. 2005. Thomson Gale.http://www.bookrags.com/research/lewis-sinclair-1885-1951-sjpc-03/
  • "(Harry) Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951)". 2000http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/slewis.htm
  • Victor Lasseter. 2005. "(Harry) Sinclair Lewis from Dictionary of Literary Biography". California State University, Bakersfield. Thomson Galehttp://www.bookrags.com/biography/harry-sinclair-lewis-dlb2
  • "Main Street: Introduction." Novels for Students. Ed. Marie Rose Napierkowski. Vol. 15. Detroit: Gale, 1998. eNotes.com. January 2006. http://www.enotes.com/mainstreet/20539

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