Babbitt: Fully annotated edition with over 300 notes (Alma Classics Evergreens) (Paperback)

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In the Midwestern city of Zenith, the middle-aged estate agent George F. Babbitt appears to have achieved the American dream to its fullest: he is successful at work, comfortably off, exceedingly well fed, has a wife and children, a motor car and a neat house with a neat yard, and is a proud member of all the right clubs – in short, he lacks nothing to be happy. Or does he? As we follow his humdrum daily routine and startling events begin to unfold around him, we discover that all is not well in Babbitt's world: his moral foundations are shaking, and he can't help harbouring rebellious dreams of escape and romance.

A trenchant satire on consumeristic society and an indictment of the fatuous ideals of middle America in the Roaring Twenties, Babbitt – the crowning achievement of Sinclair Lewis, winner of the 1930 Nobel Prize in Literature – questions the attractions of materialistic fulfilment, at the same time laying bare the hollowness of social respectability and blind conformism.

About the Author

The American novelist and playwright Sinclair Lewis (1885–1951) is best remembered for Main Street and Babbitt, two satirical novels criticizing the materialism of American society and the excesses of capitalism during the interwar period.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781847498779
ISBN-10: 1847498779
Publisher: Alma Classics
Publication Date: July 19th, 2022
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Alma Classics Evergreens