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The Resource Main Street & Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis, (electronic resource)

Main Street & Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis, (electronic resource)

Label
Main Street & Babbitt
Title
Main Street & Babbitt
Statement of responsibility
Sinclair Lewis
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In Main Street and Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis drew on his boyhood memories of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, to reveal as no writer had done before the complacency and conformity of middle-class life in America. These remarkable novels combine brilliant satire with a lingering affection for the men and women who, as Lewis wrote of Babbitt, want "to seize something more than motor cars and a house before it's too late."" "Main Street (1920), Lewis's first triumph, was a phenomenal event in American publishing and cultural history. Lewis's idealistic, imaginative heroine, Carol Kennicott, longs "to get [her] hands on one of these prairie towns and make it beautiful," but when her doctor husband brings her to Gopher Prairie, she finds that the romance of the American frontier has dwindled to the drab reality of the American Middle West. Carol first struggles against and then flees the social tyrannies and cultural emptiness of Gopher Prairie, only to submit at last to the conventions of village life. The great romantic satire of its decade, Main Street is a wry, sad, funny account of a woman who attempts to challenge the hypocrisy and narrow-mindedness of her community." ""I know of no American novel that more accurately presents the real America," wrote H. L. Mencken when Babbitt appeared in 1922. "As an old professor of Babbittry I welcome him as an almost perfect specimen. Every American city swarms with his brothers. He is America incarnate, exuberant and exquisite."" "In the character of George F. Babbitt, the boisterous, vulgar, worried, gadget-loving real estate man from Zenith, Lewis fashioned a new and enduring figure in American literature - the total conformist. Babbitt is a "joiner," who thinks and feels with the crowd. Lewis surrounds him with a gallery of familiar American types - small businessmen, Rotarians, Elks, boosters, supporters of evangelical Christianity. In bitingly satirical scenes of club lunches, after-dinner speeches, trade association conventions, fishing trips, and Sunday School committees, Lewis reproduces the noisy restlessness of American commercial culture." "In 1930 Sinclair Lewis was the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, largely for his achievement in Babbitt. These early novels not only define a crucial period in American history - from America's "coming of age" just before World War I to the dizzying boom of the twenties - they also continue to astonish us with essential truths about the country we live in today."--BOOK JACKET
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1885-1951
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Lewis, Sinclair
Dewey number
813/.52
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3523.E94
LC item number
M2 1992eb
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
standards specifications
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1885-1951
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Lewis, Sinclair
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Series statement
The Library of America
Series volume
59
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Physicians' spouses
  • City and town life
  • Married women
  • Middle-aged men
  • Businesspeople
  • Conformity
  • Minnesota
Label
Main Street & Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Babbitt / Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951
Control code
44955930
Dimensions
21 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
898 pages
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780585201702
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Main Street & Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis, (electronic resource)
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Babbitt / Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951
Control code
44955930
Dimensions
21 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
898 pages
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780585201702
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote

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