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A self-absorbed real estate agent reevaluates himself after his friend is tried for killing his wife.

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  • "A self-absorbed real estate agent reevaluates himself after his friend is tried for killing his wife."@en
  • "In the fall of 1920, Sinclair Lewis began a novel set in a fast-growing city with the heart and mind of a small town. For the center of his cutting satire of American business he created the bustling, shallow, and myopic George F. Babbitt, the epitome of middle-class mediocrity. The novel cemented Lewis's prominence as a social commentator. Babbitt basks in his pedestrian success and the popularity it has brought him. He demands high moral standards from those around him while flirting with women, and he yearns to have rich friends while shunning those less fortunate than he. But Babbitt's secure complacency is shattered when his best friend is sent to prison, and he struggles to find meaning in his hollow life. He revolts, but finds that his former routine is not so easily thrown over. From the Trade Paperback edition."@en
  • "Babbitt is the middle-class, average-American protagonist of this novel. Though he conforms to society and attempts to scale the social ladder, Babbit gradually becomes dissatisfied with the American Dream. He branches out to test other, more rebellious ways of life. He returns to where he began, disillusioned with the equally rigid standards he has found among the non-conformists, though still holding an openness to individuality in his heart."@en
  • "Prosperous and socially prominent, George Babbitt appears to have everything a man could wish. But when a personal crisis forces the middle-aged real estate agent to reexamine his life, Babbitt mounts a rebellion that jeopardizes everything he values."
  • "Prosperous and socially prominent, George Babbitt appears to have everything a man could wish. But when a personal crisis forces the middle-aged real estate agent to reexamine his life, Babbitt mounts a rebellion that jeopardizes everything he values."@en
  • "Depicts middle class life in America through the character of George Babbit, a middle-aged businessman in an average Midwestern city."@en
  • "George F. Babbitt is a successful real estate man, a regular fellow, booster, Rotarian, Elk, and a Republican who molds his opinions on those of the local newspaper and believes in a sound business administration in Washington."
  • "The story of George F. Babbitt, booster, one hundred percenter, a hustling, prosperous real-estate broker in an average American city."@en
  • ""In the fall of 1920, Sinclair Lewis began a novel set in a fast-growing city with the heart and mind of a small town. For the center of his cutting satire of American business he created the bustling, shallow, and myopic George F. Babbitt, the epitome of middle-class mediocrity. The novel cemented Lewis's prominence as a social commentator." From the bookjacket."
  • ""In the fall of 1920, Sinclair Lewis began a novel set in a fast-growing city with the heart and mind of a small town. For the center of his cutting satire of American business he created the bustling, shallow, and myopic George F. Babbitt, the epitome of middle-class mediocrity. The novel cemented Lewis's prominence as a social commentator." From the bookjacket."@en
  • "In the fall of 1920, Sinclair Lewis began a novel set in a fast-growing city with the heart and mind of a small town. For the center of his cutting satire of American business he created the bustling, shallow, and myopic George F. Babbitt, the epitome of middle-class mediocrity. The novel cemented Lewis's prominence as a social commentator. Babbitt basks in his pedestrian success and the popularity it has brought him. He demands high moral standards from those around him while flirting with women, and he yearns to have rich friends while shunning those less fortunate than he. But Babbitt's secure complacency is shattered when his best friend is sent to prison, and he struggles to find meaning in his hollow life. He revolts, but finds that his former routine is not so easily thrown over."@en
  • "A portrait of George F. Babbitt, the prosperous, conniving real-estate man from Zenith who will live forever in American fiction."
  • "First pub. 1922. The eponymous hero is the symbol of the small businessman who is too involved with his prosperity to fulfil his non-conformist wishes."
  • "The story of "George F. Babbitt, a prosperous real estate broker and relentless social climber from a Midwestern town called Zenith," as he and his family and the United States revel in the Roaring Twenties and then slide into the Great Depression.--Cover."
  • "Prosperous and socially prominent, George Babbitt appears to have everything a man could wish. But when a personal crisis forces the middle-aged real estate agent to reexamine his life, Babbitt mounts a rebellion that jeopardizes everything he values. Widely considered Sinclair Lewis' greatest novel, this satire of the American social landscape created a sensation upon its 1922 publication. Babbitt's name became an instant and enduring synonym for middle-class complacency, and his story remains an ever-relevant tale of an individual caught in the machinery of modern life."
  • "Presents a recording about George F. Babbitt, the owner of a real estate company in the 1920's. Through the life and times of the main character, the author provides a satirical view of the sociology of American business and middle-class culture."@en
  • "A classic of American literature and human relationships. The main character is synonymous for a smug person who conforms to middle class standards and conventions."
  • "George E. Babbitt, a conniving, prosperous real estate man from Zenith, Ohio, revels in his popularity, his success, and, especially, in the material rewards they bring. He bullies his wife, flirts with other women, and patronizes the less successful. But when his best friend is sent to prison for killing his wife, Babbitt's middle-class complacency is shattered, and he rebels, seeking a more "meaningful" life. His small revolt is quickly defeated, however, by public opinion and his own need for acceptance. Babbitt captures the flavor of America during the economic boom years of the 1920s, and its protagonist has become the symbol of middle-class mediocrity, his name an enduring part of the American lexicon."@en
  • "George E. Babbitt, a conniving, prosperous real estate man from Zenith, Ohio, revels in his popularity, his success, and, especially, in the material rewards they bring. He bullies his wife, flirts with other women, and patronizes the less successful. But when his best friend is sent to prison for killing his wife, Babbitt's middle-class complacency is shattered, and he rebels, seeking a more "meaningful" life. His small revolt is quickly defeated, however, by public opinion and his own need for acceptance. Babbitt captures the flavor of America during the economic boom years of the 1920s, and its protagonist has become the symbol of middle-class mediocrity, his name an enduring part of the American lexicon."
  • "Babbitt turns the spotlight on middle America and strips bare the hypocrisy of business practice, social mores, politics, and religious institutions. In his introduction and notes Gordon Hutner explores the novel's historical and literary contexts, and highlights its rich cultural and social references. --from publisher description."
  • "Lewis scathing satire of middle-class America, Babbitt explores the social pressures of conformity and materialism. It tells the story of George Babbitt, a middle-aged family man who becomes disillusioned with both conformity and his belated attempts at rebellion. Set in the fictional Midwestern town of Zenith, Babbitt offers a powerful critique of the American Dream and all it entails."@en
  • "This copy is part of a hypertexts collection produced by students and faculty at the University of Virginia American Studies Program."@en
  • "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:<UL type=disc><LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Biographies of the authors <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Footnotes and endnotes <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Comments by other famous authors <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Bibliographies for further reading <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll 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&#151;biographical, historical, and literary&#151;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, he's 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 &#147;bohemian widow. But he soon finds that his attempts at rebellion may cost more than he is willing to pay. The title of Sinclair Lewis's 1922 satire on American materialism added a new word to our vocabulary. &#147;Babbittry has come to stand for all that's wrong with a world where the pursuit of happiness means the procurement of things&#151;a world that substitutes &#147;stuff for &#147;soul. Some twenty years after Babbitt's 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."
  • "Describes the life of an aggressive, prosperous realtor, reflecting an image of middle-class America."
  • "With his breathtaking social insight and his graceful sentences, Sinclair Lewis - a Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner - stands out as one of the most important American writers of the 20th century. At turns lyrically soul-searching and scathing in its honesty, Babbitt captures the essence of the 1920s while remaining a timeless piece of literature. Babbitt, the ultimate conformist and social climber, seeks power in his community and self-esteem from others. Outwardly, he is the ultimate "big booster," and he toes the company line with "zip and zowie." In his dreams, however, he is tormented by the emptiness of his soul."@en
  • "Obálku s použitím barev. reprodukce obrazu Jacoba Lawrence V kavárně a vazbu s kresbou Saula Basse navrhl Milan Hegar."
  • "Presents the story of George F. Babbitt, the owner of a real estate company in the 1920's. Through the life and times of the main character, the author provides a satirical view of the sociology of American business and middle-class culture."@en
  • "Presents the story of George F. Babbitt, the owner of a real estate company in the 1920's. Through the life and times of the main character, the author provides a satirical view of the sociology of American business and middle-class culture."
  • "With his portrait of George F. Babbitt, the conniving, prosperous real-estate man from Zenith, Sinclair Lewis created one of the ugliest, but most convincing, figures in American fiction: the total conformist."@en
  • "Zenith, une petite ville du Midwest dans laquelle vit George F Babbitt, agent immobilier de renom.Riche, bavard, il a un avis sur tous les sujets et se targue d'être un citoyen modèle. Installé dans son petit train-train quotidien, il aime son confort; moins sa femme. Mais voilà qu'un jour, une terrible angoisse le prend à la gorge : toute cette vie passée à arnaquer la veuve et l'orphelin et à dîner avec des petit bourgeois bien-pensants ne serait-elle pas vaine ? D'une plume enjouée, sarcastique sans jamais être méchante, Sinclair Lewis décrit le pouvoir de séduction d'une société de consommation naissante et plus largement l'individu occidental ayant pu accéder à " l'American Way of Life ".Lire ou relire Babbitt aujourd'hui c'est pénétrer le coeur du système capitaliste, ses pièges et ses failles qui nous rattrapent en ces temps de crise économique annonçant tant de drames sociaux et humains."
  • "George F. Babbitt is a hustling, prosperous real estate broker in a city of about 350,000. Back of his business and clubs and 100% activities is a wistful wonder as to what this business of living is all about."
  • "The story of "George F. Babbitt, a prosperous real estate broker and relentless social climber from a Midwestern town called Zenith," as he and his family and the United States revel in the Roaring Twenties and then slide into the Great Depression.--Signet pbk. cover."@en
  • "Babbitt, first published in 1922, is a novel by Sinclair Lewis. Largely a satire of American culture, society, and behavior, its main theme focuses on the power of conformity, and the vacuity of middle-class American life.-- Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia."@en
  • "The life of an aggressive, prosperous realtor is described reflecting an image of middle-class America."@en
  • "Reprint of a 1922 satire about the power of conformity in typical middle-class American life. George F. Babbitt is a successful real estate man, a booster, Rotarian, and who believes in a sound business administration in Washington."@en
  • "A satiric look at American society following the First World War, <Babbitt</ is one of Sinclair Lewis's best-known works. Real estate agent George Babbitt says all the right things, has all the right friends, and belongs to all the right clubs. Though he's a man on the rise, Babbitt finds his days empty and yearns for romance and an escape from his tightly ordered life.</ A winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Sinclair Lewis wrote stories heavily influenced by America's urbanization, industrialization and loss of frontier in the post-war period.</ HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.</"@en
  • "Tale of a coniving, prosperous real estate man who becomes totally corrupt."@en
  • "Vrcholné dílo autorovo, v němž vytvořil typ průměrného měšťáka, jehož hlavním ideálem je dobré bydlo. V jeho osudech a myšlení zpodobil perem pravdy a satiry způsob života a názory dobře situovaných amerických občanů, kteří se"shodují v názoru, že dělnická třída se musí držet zkrátka, a chápou americkou demokracii jakožto systém, který neznamená rovnost majetku, zato však vyžaduje zdravou jednotu v myšlení, v oblékání, ve vyjadřování a v názorech namalířství a mravnost"."
  • "Satire on American middle-class life in a good-sized city."@en
  • "George Babbit is a middle class American living in an average Midwestern city, in this satire of middle class life."
  • "Zenith is the finest example of American life and prosperity to be found anywhere. Zenith is the Midwestern city where George F. Babbitt lives and works. A successful real estate agent, his business provides all the material trappings and comfort he thinks he ought to have. He is a member of all the right clubs, and unquestioningly shares the same aspirations and ideas as his friends and fellow Boosters. Yet even complacent, conformist Babbitt dreams of romance and escape."@en
  • "Oorspronkelijke Amerikaanse titel en uitgave: "Babbit". 1922."

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