Sinclair Lewis

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Babbitt is a satirical novel by Sinclair Lewis, first published in 1922. The book follows the life of George F. Babbitt, a middle aged realtor, family man, and resident of Zenith, a fictitious Midwestern city. Babbitt's main aim in life is to climb the social ladder by adhering to the norms of societal conventions. The novel depicts his daily routines and misadventures in a style of writing that makes him appear foolish, funny, and pathetic. A stinging critique of American culture and the vacuity of middle class life, Babbitt was influential in winning Lewis the 1930 Nobel Prize in Literature.

№ 47 in the The Guardian's 100 Best Novels Written In English

This book has 123,835 words, 223 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1922.

Production notes: This ebook of Babbitt was published by Global Grey in 2020, and updated on the 10th August 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Portrait of Isaac de Bruijn' by Jan Veth.

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