Sinclair Lewis

Main Street

originally published:
New York : Harcourt Brace and Howe
October 1920

We offered this copy of the first issue in a later issue jacket in our Catalog 105.


  • Johnson Highspot of American Literature(1920)
  • Modern Library 100 Best Novels(068)

reference info

bio notes:
born: 2/7/1885
died: 1/10/1951
born as: Harry Sinclair Lewis
nationality: USA

American novelist and social critic who punctured American complacency with his broadly drawn, widely popular satirical novels. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930, the first given to an American. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature

Collecting tips:

Sinclair Lewis is a major and very interesting American author whose collectibility seems to be highly volatile. He was by far one of the most respected and popular authors of the 1920-1950s, but the interest in him seemed to decline after his death, only to revive again beginning in the 1990s. His first book, a novel for boys, written under the pseudonym Tom Graham, Hike and the Aeroplane, (1912), is rare in jacket, and fairly expensive without, but might be only of marginal interest to the literary collector. All of his early mainstream books, The Trail of the Hawk, (1914 - "M-N" on copyright page), Our Mr. Wrenn, (1914 - "M-N" on copyright page), The Job, (1917 - "B-R" on copyright page), The Innocents, (1917 - "F-R" on copyright page), and Free Air, (1919), are very scarce in jacket. The franchise book is probably Main Street, (1920 - first issue jacket without reviews of this title on the front flap), which is very expensive in jacket. Babbitt, (1922), Arrowsmith (1925 - the book, not the band, issued in both a trade and a limited edition), and Elmer Gantry (1927), round out his most sought after books, but he has plenty more as well.