Babbitt

ISBN-10: 0199567697

ISBN-13: 9780199567690

Edition: 2010

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George E. Babbitt is a prosperous, unpleasant, real estate agent from Zenith, Ohio. His middle-class existence is shattered when his friend is convicted of murdering his wife. Babbitt tries to become a less materialistic person but to no avail.
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Book details

List price: $8.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 2/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Third and youngest son of country doctor Edwin J. Lewis and his wife, Isabel Warner, Harry Sinclair Lewis was born on February 7, 1885 in Minnesota. A lonely child, he immersed himself in reading and diary writing. While studying at Yale University and living in writer Upton Sinclair's communal house, he wrote for Yale Literary Magazine and helped to build the Panama Canal. After graduating from Yale in 1908, Lewis began writing fiction, publishing 22 novels by the end of his career. His early works, while often praised by literary critics, did not reach popularity but with Main Street (1920), Babbitt (1922), Arrowsmith (1925), Elmer Gantry (1927), and Dodsworth (1929), Sinclair Lewis achieved fame as a writer. His style of choice was satire; he explored American small-town life, conformity, hypocrisy, and materialism. Sinclair Lewis was married and divorced twice. As his career wound down, he spent his later life in Europe and died in Rome on January 10, 1951.

Gordon Hutner is professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and founding editor of the journal American Literary History.

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