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Babbitt

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Babbitt

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On the surface, everything is all right with Babbitt's world of the solid, successful businessman. But in reality, George F. Babbitt is a lonely, middle-aged man. He doesn't understand his family, has an unsuccessful attempt at an affair, and is almost financially ruined when he dares to voice sympathy for some striking workers. Babbitt finds that his only safety lies deep in the fold of those who play it safe. He is a man who has added a new word to our language: a "Babbitt," meaning someone who conforms unthinkingly, a sheep.

On the surface, everything is all right with Babbitt's world of the solid, successful businessman. But in reality, George F. Babbitt is a lonely, middle-aged man. He doesn't understand his family, has an unsuccessful attempt at an affair, and is almost financially ruined when he dares to voice sympathy for some striking workers. Babbitt finds that his only safety lies deep in the fold of those who play it safe. He is a man who has added a new word to our language: a "Babbitt," meaning someone who conforms unthinkingly, a sheep.

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  • HARRY SINCLAIR LEWIS (1885–1951), the son of a country doctor, was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. He attended Yale University, where he was an editor of the literary magazine, and graduated in 1907. After a few of his stories had appeared in magazines and his first serious novel, Our Mr. Wrenn (1914), had been published, he was able to write full time. He was awarded the 1926 Pulitzer Prize for Arrowsmith (1925) but refused to accept it. However, he accepted the Nobel Prize awarded him in 1930, traveling to Stockholm to receive it formally.

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  • AudioFile Magazine BABBITT is generally regarded as one of the twentieth century's greatest novels, yet it is also considered by many to be "inaccessible." With that knowledge in hand, Wolfram Kandinsky manages to give life to Nobel Prize winner Lewis's story about George F. Babbitt, a successful businessman who is a failure as a parent, a husband, and a lover. Kandinsky's reading is generally well done, although at times his relaxed pace allows the story to drag, making it easier for the reader to lose focus. Most of the time, however, Kandinsky hits his target with remarkable power and demonstrates why the name BABBITT has become an entry in the American vernacular. D.J.S. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine
  • London Observer "Mr. Lewis is a genius... an idealist, an artist."
  • William Allen White "Sinclair Lewis is one of the major prophets of our time."
  • Virginia Woolf "[It is] by its hardness, its efficiency, its compactness that Mr. Lewis' work excels."
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