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Published: 03 June 2010

368 Pages

ISBN: 9780199567690

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Sinclair Lewis
Edited by Gordon Hutner

Oxford World's Classics

  • Babbitt is a biting satire of middle-American values whose title has entered the language as a byword for smug complacency, conformity, and materialism, and whose suburban targets are still much in evidence.
  • Hilarious and tragic by turn, Lewis's portrayal of small-town life and its citizens brilliantly evokes 1920s America and the world of George F. Babbitt's real estate business.
  • Critical introduction considers the novel in its historical and literary context, and its importance in American culture.
  • Explanatory notes document and gloss the rich social history of the period.
  • Up-to-date bibliography.

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