By Jannet Walsh
Gopher Prairie, Minnesota is a fictitious town modeled after the late Minnesota author Sinclair Lewisâ€™ hometown of Sauk Center, Minnesota. You can board a train to Gopher Prairie found only in the book “Main Street” at the nearest library. Try to read a digital version, available free online or a Google book is also a great way to read.
My mother Margaret (Glieden) Walsh, of Litchfield, currently residing near Superior, Wisconsin, told me stories from her childhood growing up on a farm near Brooten, Minnesota about not being allowed to read Lewisâ€™ â€œMain Streetâ€ as characters in the book were believed to based on local residents near by Sauk Centre.
â€œIt is true that Lewis’ fiction often contains similarities to Lewis’ own life,â€ according to The Sinclair Lewis Society website.
You might want to learn more about Sinclair Lewis from an online Google book by Mark Schorer.
Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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