By Sinclair Lewis
Within the small midwestern urban of Zenith, George Babbitt turns out to have all of it: a winning real-estate company, a faithful spouse, 3 childrens, and a home with the entire sleek conveniences. but, disillusioned and lonely, he’s began to query the conformity, consumerism, and competitiveness of his conservative, and finally cultureless middle-class neighborhood. His despairing experience that whatever, many stuff are lacking from his existence leads him right into a flirtation with liberal politics and a fling with an enticing and probably 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 name of Sinclair Lewis’s 1922 satire on American materialism additional a brand new observe to our vocabulary. Babbittry” has come to face for all that’s fallacious with an international the place the pursuit of happiness skill the procurement of thingsa global that substitutes stuff” for soul.” a few 20 years after Babbitt’s preliminary luck, critics referred to as Lewis dated and his fiction outdated. yet those judgments have come to appear like wishful considering. With Babbitry glaring throughout us, the unconventional is extra proper than ever.
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1912 Lewis舗s first book, a boys舗 adventure story entitled Hike and the Aeroplane, is published under the pseudonym Tom Graham. 1914 Lewis marries Grace Livingston Hegger, an active philanthropist and editor at Vogue, and moves to Port Washington, New York. He works as an editor and advertising manager at the George H. Doran Publishing Company, and devotes his evenings to writing novels. His first adult novel, Our Mr. Wrenn, is published. 1915 The Trail of the Hawk is published. In late fall, Lewis receives a check for $500 from the Saturday Evening Post for one of his stories.
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.
He who had been a boy very credulous of life was no longer greatly interested in the possible and improbable adventures of each new day. He escaped from reality till the alarm-clock rang, at seven-twenty. III It was the best of nationally advertised and quantitatively produced alarm-clocks, with all modern attachments, including cathedral chime, intermittent alarm, and a phosphorescent dial. Babbitt was proud of being awakened by such a rich device. Socially it was almost as creditable as buying expensive cord tires.