Sinclair Lewis -- the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature -- paints a brilliant portrait of the middle class in the 1920s with his classic sardonic wit.
On the surface, everything is all right with Babbitt's world of the solid, successful businessman. But in reality, George F. Babbitt is a lonely, middle-aged man. He doesn't understand his family, has an unsuccessful attempt at an affair, and is almost financially ruined when he dares to voice sympathy for some striking workers. Babbitt finds that his only safety lies deep in the fold of those who play it safe. He is a man who has added a new word to our language: a ''Babbitt,'' meaning someone who conforms unthinkingly, a sheep.
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Prosperous and socially prominent, George Babbitt appears to have everything a man could wish. But when a personal crisis forces the middle-aged real estate agent to reexamine his life, Babbitt mounts a rebellion that jeopardizes everything he values. Widely considered Sinclair Lewis's greatest novel, this satire of the American social landscape created a sensation upon its 1922 publication. Babbitt's name became an instant and enduring synonym for middle-class complacency, and his story remains an ever-relevant tale of an individual caught in the machinery of modern life.
Unabridged republication of the classic 1922 edition.
HARRY SINCLAIR LEWIS (1885-1951) attended Yale University, where he was an editor of the literary magazine. After a few of his stories had appeared in magazines and his first novel had been published, he was able to write full time. He was awarded the 1926 Pulitzer Prize for Arrowsmith but refused to accept it. However, he accepted the Nobel Prize awarded him in 1930, traveling to Stockholm to receive it formally.
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