By Sinclair Lewis

Fun and tragic by way of flip, Sinclair Lewis's vintage novel is a biting satire of middle-American values whose name has entered the language as a byword for conceited complacency, conformity, and materialism, and whose suburban goals are nonetheless a lot in facts. A winning genuine property agent, George F. Babbitt is a member of all of the correct golf equipment, and unquestioningly stocks a similar aspirations and concepts as his acquaintances and fellow Boosters. but even Babbitt goals of romance and break out, and while his ally does anything to throw his global the wrong way up, he rebels, and attempts to discover success in romantic adventures and liberal pondering. Hilarious and poignant, Babbitt turns the highlight on center the United States and strips naked the hypocrisy of industrial perform, social mores, politics, and non secular associations. In his creation and notes Gordon Hutner explores the novel's historic and literary contexts, and highlights its wealthy cultural and social references. The publication additionally positive factors an up to date bibliography and explanatory notes that rfile and gloss the wealthy social historical past of the period.About the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the broadest spectrum of literature from all over the world. each one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, offering the main exact textual content plus a wealth of alternative precious positive factors, together with specialist introductions by way of top professionals, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, up to date bibliographies for extra research, and lots more and plenty extra.

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He peered ahead for a space in the line of parked cars. He angrily just missed a space as a rival driver slid into it. Ahead, another car was leaving the curb, and Babbitt slowed up, holding out his hand to the cars pressing on him from behind, agitatedly motioning an old woman to go ahead, avoiding a truck which bore down on him from one side. With front wheels nicking the wrought-steel bumper of the car in front, he stopped, feverishly cramped his steering-wheel, slid back into the vacant space and, with eighteen inches of room, manœuvered to bring the car level with the curb.

His suit, the latest thing in Old Eli Togs, was skin-tight, with skimpy trousers to the tops of his glaring tan boots, a chorus-man waistline, pattern of an agitated check, and across the back a belt which belted nothing. His scarf was an enormous black silk wad. His flaxen hair was ice-smooth, pasted back without parting. When he went to school he would add a cap with a long vizor like a shovel-blade. Proudest of all was his waistcoat, saved for, begged for, plotted for; a real Fancy Vest of fawn with polka dots of a decayed red, the points astoundingly long.

That’s so. ” “But gee, the coat doesn’t need pressing. ” “But the pants certainly need it, all right. ” “That’s so. ” “Good Lord! Did you ever in all my life know me to wear the coat of one suit and the pants of another? What do you think I am? ” “Well, they certainly need — Now where the devil is that gray suit? ” He was able to get through the other crises of dressing with comparative resoluteness and calm. D. undershirt, in which he resembled a small boy humorlessly wearing a cheesecloth tabard at a civic pageant.

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