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By: Sinclair Lewis, James M. Hutchisson
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1996
|Dimensions: 7.76 X 5.00 X 0.78 (inches)|
Weight: 10 ounces
Stock No: WW189025
A Penguin Classic
George F. Babbitt, a conniving, prosperous real estate man from Zenith, Ohio, revels in his popularity, his success, and, especially, in the material rewards they bring. He bullies his wife, flirts with other women, and patronizes the less successful. But when his best friend is sent to prison for killing his wife, Babbitt's middle-class complacency is shattered, and he rebels, seeking a more "meaningful" life. His small revolt is quickly defeated, however, by public opinion and his own need for acceptance. Babbitt captures the flavor of America during the economic boom years of the 1920's, and its protagonist has become the symbol of middle-class mediocrity, his name an enduring part of the American lexicon.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
"Sinclair Lewiss bestand most misunderstoodnovel . . . Lewiss Babbitt is . . . one of a small group of American fictional creations who, in the early years of the 20th century, stand in their very different ways as landmarks in the story of the social evolution of our country: Dreisers Sister Carrie, Whartons Lily Bart, Booth Tarkingtons Alice Adams, with Gatsby on the horizon." Robert Gottlieb, The New York Times Book Review
"It is Babbitt that is [Sinclair Lewiss] most perfect creation. . . . We have to be thankful for the minor miracle that after almost a century, Babbitt still speaks to us all." Azar Nafisi, in The Republic of Imagination
"The equal of any novel written in English in the present century." Virginia Woolf, The Saturday Review
"Babbitt is now well into its nineties, but George F. Babbitt still lives and breathes and harrumphs. Its impossible, especially during any American election season, to read a newspaper or turn on the television without hearing the echoes of his voice. Babbitt is the original American everyman." Nathaniel Rich, from the Foreword
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