Main Street Author:Sinclair Lewis The lonely predicament of Carol Kennicott, caught between her desires for social reform and individual happiness, reflects the position in which America's turn-of-the-century "emancipated women" found herself. Carol's dilemma is intensified by the fact that she lives in a small, self-satisfied, Midwestern town of Gopher Prarie. — An allegory of e... more »xile and return, MAIN STREET attacks the drab complacency and ingrown mores of those who resist change and who are under the illusion that they chose their tradition. Carol's ostracism, however, results more from her own guilt at "crusading" than from her rejection by those whom she would have changed.
Maxwell Geismar lauded this work as as "a remarkable diary of the middle-class mind in America." Its author was hailed by John Galsworthy for having written "a most searching and excellent piece of work; a feather in the cap of literature."« less