Free Air (Paperback)
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Free Air (Paperback)

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Paperback 370 Pages / Published: 01/04/1993
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'An American story in every page...amusing, interesting, alive to its final period' - "New York Times". '[Lewis] really seems to catch the sweep and exhilaration of the great open country over which his characters wind their way' - "New Republic". Fame was just around the corner when Sinclair Lewis published "Free Air" in 1919, a year before "Main Street". The latter novel zeroed in on the town of Gopher Prairie; the former stopped there briefly and then took the reader by automobile in search of America. "Free Air" heads toward a West that was brimming with possibilities for suddenly mobile Americans at the end of a world war. The vehicle in Lewis' novel, not a Model T but a Gomez-Dep roadster, takes Claire Boltwood and her father from Minnesota to Seattle, exposing them all to the perils of early motoring. On the road, the upper-crust Boltwoods are at once more insignificant and more noble.The greatest distance to be overcome is the social one between Claire and a young mechanic named Milt, who, with a cat as his traveling companion, follows close behind. If "Free Air" anticipates many of the themes of Lewis' later novels, it also looks forward to a genre that includes John Steinbeck's "Travels with Charley and Josh Greenfeld" and Paul Mazursky's "Harry and Tonto". And the character of Claire, blazing her own trail across the West, looks back to the nineteenth-century pioneer woman and ahead to the independent-minded movie heroines played by Katherine Hepburn. In his introduction Robert E. Fleming discusses the place of this early novel in Lewis' canon. A professor of English and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Mexico, he is the author of "James Weldon Johnson".

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803279438
Number of pages: 370
Weight: 368 g
Dimensions: 230 x 135 x 21 mm
Edition: New edition

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