"Main Street" Sauk Centre by zrim

Sauk Centre Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 10 photos

I wonder if anyone ever reads Sinclair Lewis anymore. The nobel laureate and auther of classics such as Elmer Gantry, Babbitt, Cass Timberlane and of course, Main Street, was born and raised in Sauk Centre. The town was thinly disguised and renamed Gopher Prairie in his classic 1920 novel, Main Street. He drew the ire of the uppercrust of Sauk Centre because they thought that he was ridiculing their provincialism. 21st Century Sauk Centre has embraced Sinclair Lewis (why? there isn't a heck of a lot else going on in this stretch of the prairie).

  • Last visit to Sauk Centre: Jun 2003
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  • pipsqueak's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2004 at 11:29 AM

    One of my friends recently stayed at The Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre. It is supposed to be haunted, especially room #11. Check it out if you go back.

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2003 at 1:14 PM

    I read Elmer Gantry, Babbitt and Main Street. . .Arrowsmith is on the shelf but hasn't been perused.

  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2003 at 5:57 AM

    I read "Main Street" in high school - along with "The Jungle" and "Great Gatsby" - in a course called "The Great American Novel." Of course, this was shortly after the invention of the printing press.

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2003 at 6:08 PM

    Gosh, If I thought Norman Bates even thought about staying there I'd be speeding by that hotel!!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2003 at 2:15 PM

    I never heared of that book ... but that kind of town reminds a lot of the places I saw in movies sometimes

  • kaloz's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2003 at 9:19 PM

    Main Street revisited. Just read the book last summer.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2003 at 9:46 AM

    That's a great pic of the Main Street. I have read MS. Many years ago. I remember liking it very much. But I had forgotten SL had won the obel prize.


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