Banned or Challenged 20th-Century Classics, Grades 9–12

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Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Main Street by Sinclair Lewis


Main Street by Sinclair Lewis examines the homogenizing influence of small town life. An unexpected commercial success, the story is set in Gopher Praire, roughly based on Lewis's hometown of Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

Because of its depiction of life in a small town, Main Street was not warmly received in Sauk Centre; it was banned in nearby Alexandria, Minnesota.

Use the pre-reading activities in this comprehensive literature guide for Main Street to prepare students for reading this mature work. This guide also includes questions, historical notes and allusions, vocabulary study, quotations, and assorted activities for each chapter.

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