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In 1920, Lewis was no longer unknown. When  Main Street  was published, the press and the public  were loud in both praising and damning Lewis and his novel. Overnight, Lewis became a  controversial figure throughout America. Before  Main Street,  no American novel had attacked the  much-romanticized myth of the small town. Lewis, however, was reared in a small town and felt  strongly about the fraud of a small town's hominess and honesty. He meant his novel to dissect the  narrow mediocrity of small town frauds — and he succeeded. Two years later, in  Babbitt , Lewis again staggered America — this time, with his portrait of the  bourgeois businessman who achieved success and money and rewarded himself and his family with  the most modern, material things his nation offered, but remained dissatisfied and confused. Today, of course, 
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