Main Street Babbitt

Author: Sinclair Lewis
Publisher: Springer Science & Business
ISBN: 9780940450615
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Two of Lewis' novels depict the hipocrisy and complacency of middle-class America


Author: Sinclair Lewis
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486115208
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His first adventure story, Hike and the Aeroplane, was published in 1912 under
the pseudonym Tom Graham. By 1916 he had left his job at a New York
publishing firm to devote his time exclusively to his own writing. Although his
early novels and short stories did not have any lasting impact, that all changed for
Lewis by the 1920s. This next phase of his writing career produced such
outstanding works as Main Street (1920) and Babbitt (1922), both of which are
satirical portraits of ...

Rise Of Sinclair Lewis 1920 1930

Author: James M. Hutchisson
Publisher: Penn State Press
ISBN: 9780271040851
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there were no standards in evidence, no notion of what Lewis expected of
modern man.65 Several critics also observed that although the unappealing
picture of the American small town that Lewis had painted in Main Street was
tempered by moderate optimism and some faith in Carol Kcnnicott, this optimism
had nearly vanished in Babbitt. The narrative pattern of the two novels was the
same — the individual trapped in an ugly environment, desiring something more
fulfilling and ...

The American Midwest

Author: Andrew R. L. Cayton
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253003490
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Main. Street. and. Babbitt. A native of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, Sinclair Lewis was
the first American to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. One of the most
successful novelists of the early twentieth century, he created considerable
controversy with his major famous works, Main Street (1920) and Babbitt (1922).
Despite Lewis's intimations that the novels could have taken place anywhere in
America, most people read them, and with good reason, as assaults on the
midwestern world ...

George Babbitt

Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438115059
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Street, Babbitt, and Dodsworth. Occasionally, there are wives who at least appear
to enjoy their lives and their marriages; and there are two, Vida Sherwin
Wutherspoon and Bea Sorenson Bjornstam (both in Main Street), who are most
definitely, most radiantly married. It may be, of course, that some of the wives who
appear to be happy are simply not unhappy, an entirely different thing; but there
is a quality of enjoyment of life in women such as Juanita Haydock (Main Street)
and ...

Updating The Literary West

Author: Western Literature Association (U.S.)
Publisher: TCU Press
ISBN: 9780875651750
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These new hardbound editions are in addition to a series of Signet editions —
Main Street, Babbitt, Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, and Dods- worth, all with
afterwords by Mark Schorer — that had kept Lewis in print through the years
when he was little read. It Can't Happen Here was kept in print by Signet and Dell
. Recently, Signet is redoing the series, with critical commentary by a new
generation of scholars, and Penguin has brought out a new edition of Main Street
. Although Lewis was ...

Cultural Excursions

Author: Neil Harris
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226317588
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In three of them, Main Street, Babbitt, and Dodsworth, all in print by 1929, Lewis
examined buying, selling, and advertising in greatest detail. In his brief preface to
Main Street, Lewis stated explicitly the ironic relationship between the town
culture he was examining and the course of human history. "Main Street is the
climax of civilization. That this Ford car might stand in front of the Bon Ton Store,
Hannibal invaded Rome and Erasmus wrote in Oxford cloisters."38 The theme
that ...

A Mirror In The Roadway

Author: Morris Dickstein
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691119960
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No one in Babbitt is quite human, and the hero's belated middle-aged crisis is a
short-lived rebellion easily put down. Babbitt is a brilliantly effective cartoon that
looks back toward Dickens and ahead to Nathanael West at their most slashingly
entertaining. The townspeople in Main Street are also social stereotypes, and
Gopher Prairie is as much the epitome of small-town America as Babbitt is of the
go- getting American booster. Grounded in the oral traditions of Western humor, ...

Hajimete No Toefl Test

Publisher: Goken Co., Ltd.
ISBN: 9784876150779
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It was the publication of Main Street in 1920 that made his literary reputation. The
power of Main Street stems from Lewis' careful rendering of local speech,
customs, social conventions, and his satire. Main Street became not just a novel
but the textbook on provincial America of that time. Q Two years later, the
publication of Babbitt assured his fame. Appearing in 1922. Babbitt is a study of a
middle-class American man whose individuality has been taken away by clubs,
business ideals ...