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Babbitt

By Sinclair Lewis

ISBN: 9781847498779

384 pages

RRP: £6.99

In the Midwestern city of Zenith, the middle-aged real-estate agent George F. Babbitt appears to have achieved the American dream: he has a wife and children, a car and a neat house with a neat yard; he is successful at work, comfortably off, exceedingly well fed and a proud member of all the right clubs – in short, he has all he needs 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 the consumer 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.

Part of Alma Classics Evergreens Series

Sinclair Lewis

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

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