Grant Wood's Main Street
Art, Literature, and the American Midwest


ISBN: 978-1-888223-54-5
Order Number:ISUM-545
Price: $50.00

In 1937, Grant Wood was asked to illustrate a novel that, like his painting American Gothic, had already become a classic: Sinclair Lewis's Main Street. Published nearly twenty years earlier in 1920, Lewis's novel had come to represent the Midwest just as Wood's paintings symbolized that region during the 1930's. Today Sinclair Lewis and Grant Wood still endure as cultural figures who captured something distinctive yet ekusive about the Heartland: yet Lewis and Wood looked at the American Midwest through differest eyes.

Lewis saw provincialism and narrowness, while Wood gloried in the soild, earthy strength of his fellow midwesterners and their land. Both men felt conflicted about their homes, and these dichotomies filteres into their work. This publication explores the American Main Street of 1937 Special Editions Club book, Main Street, as well as two self-portraits of the artist as a Midwesterner.

278 pages, Hardcover, Full Color, 8.5" x 10.25", © 2004
Order Number: ISUM-545


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