Babbitt (Oxford World's Classics) by Sinclair Lewis

By Sinclair Lewis

A laugh and tragic via flip, Sinclair Lewis's vintage novel is a biting satire of middle-American values whose name has entered the language as a byword for boastful complacency, conformity, and materialism, and whose suburban pursuits are nonetheless a lot in facts. A profitable genuine property agent, George F. Babbitt is a member of all of the correct golf equipment, and unquestioningly stocks an analogous aspirations and concepts as his associates and fellow Boosters. but even Babbitt goals of romance and break out, and whilst his ally does whatever to throw his international the other way up, he rebels, and attempts to discover achievement in romantic adventures and liberal considering. Hilarious and poignant, Babbitt turns the highlight on heart the USA and strips naked the hypocrisy of commercial perform, social mores, politics, and non secular associations. In his advent and notes Gordon Hutner explores the novel's ancient and literary contexts, and highlights its wealthy cultural and social references. The ebook additionally beneficial properties an updated bibliography and explanatory notes that record and gloss the wealthy social heritage 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 world wide. each one reasonable quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, delivering the main actual textual content plus a wealth of different important beneficial properties, together with specialist introductions by way of major specialists, voluminous notes to explain the textual content, up to date bibliographies for extra examine, and lots more and plenty extra.

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The Reeves Building was as fireproof as a rock and as efficient as a typewriter; fourteen stories of yellow pressed brick, with clean, upright, unornamented lines. It was filled with the offices of lawyers, doctors, agents for machinery, for emery wheels, for wire fencing, for mining-stock. Their gold signs shone on the windows. The entrance was too modern to be flamboyant with pillars; it was quiet, shrewd, neat. 28 Babbitt Along the Third Street side were a Western Union Telegraph Office, the Blue Delft Candy Shop, Shotwell’s Stationery Shop, and the Babbitt-Thompson Realty Company.

Why, you needn’t wash out the towels. ” It is not recorded that he was able to answer. For the first time in weeks he was sufficiently roused by his wife to look at her. iv Myra Babbitt — Mrs. George F. Babbitt — was definitely mature. She had creases from the corners of her mouth to the bottom of her chin, and her plump neck bagged. But the thing that marked her as having passed the line was that she no longer had reticences before her husband, and no longer worried about not having reticences. She was in a petticoat now, and corsets which bulged, and unaware of being seen in bulgy corsets.

The New York Flyer boomed past, and twenty lines of polished steel leaped into the glare. In one of the skyscrapers the wires of the Associated Press were closing down. The telegraph operators wearily raised their celluloid eye-shades after a night of talking with Paris and Peking. Through the building crawled the scrubwomen, yawning, their old shoes slapping. The dawn mist spun away. Cues of men with lunch-boxes clumped toward the immensity of new factories, sheets of glass and hollow tile, glittering shops where five thousand men worked beneath one roof, pouring out the honest wares that would be sold up the Euphrates and across the veldt.

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