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(Main Street / Babbitt.pdf) In em Main Street em and em Babbitt em 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 The remarkable novels presented here in this Library of America volume 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 br br em Main Street em 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 those 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 em Main Street em is a wry sad funny account of a woman who attempts to challenge the hypocrisy and narrow mindedness of her community br br I know of no American novel that more accurately presents the real America wrote H L Mencken when em Babbitt em appeared in 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 br br 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 businessman Rotarians Elks boosters supporters of evangelical Christianity In biting 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 br br In Sinclair Lewis was the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature largely for his achievement in em Babbitt em 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 todayDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Main Street / Babbitt books for multiple devices.

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