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“WITHOUT HIS WRITING ONE CANNOT IMAGINE MODERN AMERICAN LITERATURE”: SINCLAIR LEWIS’S MAIN STREET, LIMITED EDITION, ILLUSTRATED AND SIGNED BY GRANT WOOD
LEWIS, Sinclair. Main Street. With a Special Introduction by the Author and Illustrations by Grant Wood. Chicago: Limited Editions Club, 1937. Quarto, original gray cloth, original slipcase. $1100.
Signed limited edition of Lewis’s breakthrough novel of small-town America, number 1326 of 1500 copies, with nine tinted full-page illustrations by Grant Wood, signed by him on the limitation page.
With the 1920 publication of Main Street, Sinclair Lewis, then a journalist and apprentice novelist, became an overnight success. In Main Street, wrote E.M. Forster, Lewis has managed to “lodge a piece of a continent in our imagination,” and biographer March Schorer noted that “without his writing one cannot imagine modern American literature.” Lewis later won and refused the Pulitzer Prize and became the first American novelist to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. This Limited Editions Club edition pairs Lewis’s classic with the artistry of Grant Wood, a painter inspired by the same American themes that gave Lewis his literary voice. Best known most for his painting “American Gothic’ (1930), Wood’s exquisite full-page illustrations marked his first serious turn toward book illustration. Without extremely scarce glassine dust jacket.
Book fine. Original slipcase with blank label over spine title, small tape mark to spine, and minor edge-wear to extremities. A lovely signed copy.