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