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Babbitt, by Sinclair Lewis, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.
 
In the small midwestern city of Zenith, George Babbitt seems to have it all: a successful real-estate business, a devoted wife, three children, and a house with all the modern conveniences. Yet, dissatisfied and lonely, hes begun to question the conformity, consumerism, and competitiveness of his conservative, and ultimately cultureless middle-class community. His despairing sense that something, many things are missing from his life leads him into a flirtation with liberal politics and a fling with an attractive and seemingly “bohemian” widow. But he soon finds that his attempts at rebellion may cost more than he is willing to pay. 

The title of Sinclair Lewiss 1922 satire on American materialism added a new word to our vocabulary. “Babbittry” has come to stand for all thats wrong with a world where the pursuit of happiness means the procurement of things—a world that substitutes “stuff” for “soul.” Some twenty years after Babbitts initial success, critics called Lewis dated and his fiction old-fashioned. But these judgments have come to seem like wishful thinking. With Babbitry evident all around us, the novel is more relevant than ever.

 
Kenneth Krauss teaches drama at the College of Saint Rose, in Albany, New York. His books include Maxwell Anderson and the New York Stage, Private Readings/Public Texts, and The Drama of Fallen France.

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Kenneth Krauss teaches drama at the College of Saint Rose, in Albany, New York. His books include Maxwell Anderson and the New York Stage, Private Readings/Public Texts, and The Drama of Fallen France.

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ISBN:
9781593082673
Author:
Lewis, Sinclair
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Introduction by:
Krauss, Kenneth
Introduction:
Krauss, Kenneth
Illustrator:
Krauss, Kenneth
Author:
Krauss, Kenneth
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Businessmen
Subject:
Conformity
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
LITERATURE - LIT CLASSICS TRD PB
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Barnes and Noble Classics
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8 x 5.19 x 1 in

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