Publishers Weekly #1 Best Seller for 1921.
Sinclair Lewis is the first American to receive a Nobel Price for literature. Main Street was initially awarded the 1921 Pulitzer Price, but the Board of Trustees overturned the jury decision and awarded the prize to Edith Wharton for Age of Innocence.
The novel is an indictment of the 'vacuous respectability' of small town America and an exploration of the conflict between those who strive for intensity and those who are content with a routine existence.
Lewis's characters are skillfully drawn and he shows subtle and compelling insights into their psychology.
In spite of it's critical stance the initial publication of the book was a political and and social event.