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  • Literary Period: Realism
  • Publication Date: 1922
  • Flesch-Kincaid Level: 7
  • Approx. Reading Time: 10 hours, 18 minutes
Fiction

Babbitt

A native of the midwestern United States, Sinclair Lewis (1885–1951) chronicled through novels and short stories the changes brought on by the shift from a mainly rural, agricultural society to one that was increasingly urban and industrial. The middle-class businessman and resident of the up-and-coming town of Zenith is probably Lewis's best-known creation. The novel captures in realistic detail many of the major trends of the 1920s, including the worship of business, rising materialism and consumerism, boosterism (enthusiastic promotion), and the conflict between the older and younger generations. Lewis exposes a spiritual emptiness and complacency (being uncritically satisfied with oneself or one's society) at the core of his characters' lives.

  • Annotated Full Text
  • Literary Period: Realism
  • Publication Date: 1922
  • Flesch-Kincaid Level: 7
  • Approx. Reading Time: 10 hours, 18 minutes