By Sinclair Lewis
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Main Street by Sinclair Lewis ranked # 68 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.
The satirical novel Main Street by Sinclair Lewis was published in 1920. It is set in Gopher Prairie, Minnesota, a fictionalized version of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, the hometown of Lewis.
The novel takes place in the 1910's, with references to the start of World War I, the United States' entry into the war, and the years following the end of the war, including the start of Prohibition.
With the book published in 1920, Lewis could not have written about the roaring 20's or the Great Depression to follow, but his characters give voice to many of the social and cultural attitudes which would become significant in the years to come.
Though it was not expected to be extremely popular, in the first six months of 1921, Main Street sold 250,000 copies.
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