Babbitt

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The Floating Press, Feb 1, 2010 - Fiction - 654 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Chapter I
6
Chapter II
24
Chapter III
38
Chapter IV
59
Chapter V
76
Chapter VI
100
Chapter VII
134
Chapter VIII
152
Chapter XIX
342
Chapter XX
366
Chapter XXI
377
Chapter XXII
387
Chapter XXIII
395
Chapter XXIV
410
Chapter XXV
430
Chapter XXVI
442

Chapter IX
180
Chapter X
195
Chapter XI
218
Chapter XII
227
Chapter XIII
233
Chapter XIV
260
Chapter XV
278
Chapter XVI
297
Chapter XVII
311
Chapter XVIII
326
Chapter XXVII
455
Chapter XXVIII
468
Chapter XXIX
485
Chapter XXX
510
Chapter XXXI
528
Chapter XXXII
540
Chapter XXXIII
556
Chapter XXXIV
570
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Harry Sinclair Lewis was born on February 7, 1885 in Minnesota. He was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. In 1930, he became the first writer from the United States to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. A lonely child, Lewis immersed himself in reading and diary writing. While studying at Yale University and living in writer Upton Sinclair's communal house, he wrote for Yale Literary Magazine and helped to build the Panama Canal. After graduating from Yale in 1908, Lewis began writing fiction, publishing 22 novels by the end of his career. His early works, while often praised by literary critics, did not reach popularity but with Main Street (1920), Babbitt (1922), Arrowsmith (1925), Elmer Gantry (1927), and Dodsworth (1929), Sinclair Lewis achieved fame as a writer. His style of choice was satire; he explored American small-town life, conformity, hypocrisy, and materialism. Sinclair Lewis was married and divorced twice. As his career wound down, he spent his later life in Europe and died in Rome on January 10, 1951.

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