By Sinclair Lewis

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In the small midwestern urban of Zenith, George Babbitt turns out to have all of it: a winning real-estate company, a faithful spouse, 3 young ones, and a home with the entire sleek conveniences. but, disenchanted and lonely, he’s all started to question the conformity, consumerism, and competitiveness of his conservative, and eventually cultureless middle-class group. His despairing experience that anything, many stuff are lacking from his lifestyles leads him right into a flirtation with liberal politics and a fling with an enticing and possible “bohemian” widow. yet he quickly reveals that his makes an attempt at uprising may cost a little greater than he's prepared to pay. 

The identify of Sinclair Lewis’s 1922 satire on American materialism extra a brand new be aware to our vocabulary. “Babbittry” has come to face for all that’s improper with an international the place the pursuit of happiness skill the procurement of things—a international that substitutes “stuff” for “soul.” a few 20 years after Babbitt’s preliminary good fortune, critics referred to as Lewis dated and his fiction out of date. yet those judgments have come to appear like wishful considering. With Babbitry glaring throughout us, the unconventional is extra correct than ever.

 
Kenneth Krauss teaches drama on the collage of Saint Rose, in Albany, long island. His books contain Maxwell Anderson and the hot York Stage, Private Readings/Public Texts, and The Drama of Fallen France.

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It may have been the tremendous home-brewed beer of the prohibition era and the cigars to which that beer enticed him; it may have been resentment of return from this fine, bold man-world to a restricted region of wives and stenographers, and of suggestions not to smoke so much. From the bedroom beside the sleeping-porch, his wife舗s detestably cheerful 舠Time to get up, Georgie boy,舡 and the itchy sound, the brisk and scratchy sound, of combing hairs out of a stiff brush. He grunted; he dragged his thick legs, in faded baby-blue pajamas, from under the khaki blanket; he sat on the edge of the cot, running his fingers through his wild hair, while his plump feet mechanically felt for his slippers.

1944 Lewis舗s son Wells, a lieutenant in World War II, is killed by a sniper in the Piedmont Valley of France. 1945 World War II ends. Cass Timberlane is published. 1947 Kingsblood Royal is published. A film version of Cass Timberlane, starring Spencer Tracy and Lana Turner, is released. 1949 The God-seeker is published. 1951 On January 10 Lewis dies in Rome of heart disease. World So Wide is published posthumously. 1960 The Hollywood film version of Elmer Gantry, starring Burt Lancaster in the title role, is released.

In 1930 he became the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Lewis舗s reputation declined in succeeding years. After the publication of The Prodigal Parents (1938), he was never able to draw the wide readership of his earlier days. His marriage to Dorothy Thompson ended in divorce in 1942, and he spent the last years of his life in Europe, alone and suffering from alcoholism and ill health. On January 10, 1951, Harry Sinclair Lewis died of a heart attack in Rome at the age of sixty-five.

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