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Babbitt 

By: Sinclair Lewis
Published By: Double9 Books
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Sinclair Lewis' satirical book Babbitt, published in 1922, is about American culture and society and criticizes the superficiality of middle-class life and the temptation to fit in. Babbitt's disagreement had a big impact on the decision to give Lewis the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930. The book has been adapted into two motion pictures: a silent version in 1924 and a talkie version in 1934. Babbitt's life is chronicled in the first seven chapters over the course of a single day. Babbitt coos over his ten-year-old daughter Tinka during breakfast, tries to talk his 22-year-old daughter Verona out of her recent socialist tendencies and exhorts his 17-year-old son Ted to work more in school. He dictates letters while at work and has conversations with his staff on real estate advertising. Babbitt hurries home and abandons all disobedience when his wife develops acute appendicitis. They reestablish their intimacy during her prolonged recovery, and Babbitt returns to his emotionless conformity. In the climactic scene, Babbitt learns that his son Ted secretly wed Eunice, his neighbor's daughter. Though he doesn't agree, he declares that he is in favor of the union and commends Ted for leading an independent life.

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Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis was an American author and playwright who lived from February 7, 1885, until January 10, 1951. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930, becoming the first American (and first writer from the Americas) to do so. The prize was given "for his forceful and graphic art of description and his ability to develop, with wit and humor, new sorts of characters." His books Elmer Gantry (1927), Main Street (1920), Babbitt (1922), Arrowsmith (1925), Dodsworth (1929), and It Can't Happen Here are among his best-known works (1935). His writings are renowned for their scathing critiques of American materialism and capitalism during the interwar years. He is known for his insightful portrayals of contemporary working women. If there was ever an author among us with a true call to the profession, it is this red-haired cyclone from the Minnesota wilds, according to H. L. Mencken. Romantic poems and brief sketches by Lewis, who later served as editor of the Yale Literary Magazine, were among his early works of art to be published. Lewis wandered about after graduating, working odd jobs and trying to make ends meet while penning fiction for magazines and killing time.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 319 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 9357277897
  • ISBN-13: 9789357277891
  • Item Weight: 382.8g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 17.7 mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Reading age : 10+
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Fiction / Literary