Why was the book Main Street by Sinclair Lewis banned by the American Library Association? I want to know specifically why, and what your opinions are about why the book is banned.

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I agree with poster #1 as far as the American Library Association is concerned. Perhaps you are confused because they release a list of banned books every year? Also, it does not appear that Main Street met with much opposition. The town of Alexandria, Minnesota banned it in 1921, although it was actually based on a nearby town called Sauk Centre, Sinclair Lewis' childhood home.

In the novel, it portrays an emptiness & restrictiveness in small-town life. Although at the time, many people considered living in a small town to be the ideal, Lewis challenges that with his study of the effect on its residents, especially women. As the main character defiantly states at the end: "I do not admit that Main Street is as beautiful as it should be! I do not admit that dish-washing is enough to satisfy all women!"

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