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"Zenith is the finest example of American life and prosperity to be found anywhere." Zenith is the Midwestern city where George F. Babbitt lives and works. A successful real estate agent, his business provides all the material trappings and comfort he thinks he ought to have. He is a member of all the right clubs, and unquestioningly shares the same aspirations and ideas as his friends and fellow Boosters. Yet even complacent, conformist Babbitt dreams of romance and escape, and when his best friend does something to throw his world upside down, he rebels, and tries to find fulfilment in romantic adventures and liberal thinking. Hilarious and poignant, Babbitt turns the spotlight on middle America and strips bare the hypocrisy of business practice, social mores, politics, and religious institutions. A brilliant satire, it evokes an era and at the same time exposes a universal social malaise. In his introduction and notes Gordon Hutner explores the novel's historical and literary contexts, and its rich cultural and social references. - Back cover.

With his portrait of George F. Babbit, the conniving, prosperous real-estate man from Zenith, Sinclair Lewis created one of the ugliest, but most convincing, figures in American fiction -- the total conformist. Babbitt's demons are power in his community and the self-esteem he can only receive from others. In his attempts to reconcile these aspirations, he is loyal to whoever serves his need of the moment: time and again he proves an opportunist in business practice and in domestic affairs. Outwardly he conforms with "zip and zowie," is a "big booster" before the public eye; inwardly he converges day by day upon the utter emptiness of his soul -- too filled with rationalizations and sentimentality to sense his own corruption. Babbit gives consummate expression to the glibness and irresponsibility of the hardened, professional social climber. H. G. Wells said of this novel: "I wish I could have written Babbitt."

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87 editions First published in 1922

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2010, The Floating Press
E-book in English
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2010, Oxford University Press
Paperback in English
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Babbitt
2007, Random House Publishing Group
eBook in English
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Babbitt
2007, Signet Classics
in English
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Babbitt
December 7, 2007, L.A. Theatre Works
Audio CD in English - Unabridged edition
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Babbitt (Large Print Edition)
July 9, 2007, BiblioBazaar
Paperback in English - Lrg edition
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Babbitt
September 2007, Buccaneer Books
Hardcover in English
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Babbitt
August 7, 2007, Signet Classics
in English
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Babbitt
July 9, 2007, BiblioBazaar
Paperback in English
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Babbitt
February 28, 2006, Paperbackshop.Co.UK Ltd - Echo Library
Paperback in English
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Babbitt
January 1, 2006, Pomona Press
Paperback in English
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Babbitt
March 30, 2006, Dodo Press
Paperback in English
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Babbitt
December 16, 2005, Thorndike Press
Paperback in English - 1 edition
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Babbitt (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics)
September 1, 2005, Barnes & Noble Classics
Paperback in English
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Babbitt
2004, Fictionwise, Inc.
E-book in English
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Babbitt
July 30, 2004, IndyPublish.com
Paperback in English
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2004, NuVision Publications
eBook in English
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2003, Dover Publications
in English
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2002, Prometheus Books
in English
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2002, Modern Library
in English - Modern Library pbk. ed.
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July 2001, Blackstone Audiobooks
Audio CD in English - UNABRIDGED edition
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Babbitt
September 2001, North Books
Hardcover in English
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Babbitt
September 2001, North Books
Hardcover in English
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Babbitt: Library Edition
July 2001, Blackstone Audiobooks
Audio Cassette in English - Unabridged edition
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Babbitt
May 2000, Classic Books
Library Binding
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Babbitt
October 1999, Tandem Library
School & Library Binding in English - Rev&Updtd edition
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1998, G.K. Hall
in English
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Babbitt
1998, Signet Classic
in English
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Babbitt (Bantam Classics)
September 1, 1998, Bantam Classics
Mass Market Paperback in English
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Babbitt (Signet Classics)
September 1, 1998, Signet Classics
in English
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Babbitt
1997, Transaction Publishers
in English
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Babbitt (Classic Books on Cassettes Collection) [UNABRIDGED] (Classic Books on Cassettes Collection)
January 30, 1997, Audio Book Contractors, Inc.
Audio cassette in English - Unabridged edition
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Babbitt
1996, Penguin Books
in English
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Babbitt
November 17, 1994, Vintage Classics
Paperback - New Ed edition
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Babbitt
November 17, 1994, Vintage Classics
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Babbitt
1991, Signet Classic, published by the Penguin Group
in English
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Babbitt (Twentieth Century Classics)
February 1991, Penguin Books Ltd
Paperback - New Ed edition
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Babbitt (Twentieth Century Classics)
February 1991, Penguin Books Ltd
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Babbitt
1989, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
in English - 1st ed.
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1985, Penguin
in English
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1985, Cátedra
in Spanish
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December 1976, Amereon Limited
Hardcover in English
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1974, Granada
in English
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June 1973, Caedmon Audio Cassette
Audio Cassette
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1973, Johnathan Cape
in English
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1968, Cape
in English
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1963, Panther
in English
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October 1, 1961, Signet Classics
Paperback
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Babbitt
October 1, 1961, Signet Classics
in English
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October 1, 1961, Signet Classics
Paperback
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October 1, 1961, Signet Classics
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October 1, 1961, Signet Classics
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1961, New American Library
in English
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October 1, 1961, Signet Classics
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October 1, 1961, Signet Classics
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October 1, 1961, Signet Classics
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October 1, 1961, Signet Classics
Paperback
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October 1, 1961, Signet Classics
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Babbitt
1961, New American Library
Paperback in English
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October 1, 1961, Signet
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1961, Signet Classics
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1960, Harcourt, Brace
in English
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1950, Harcourt, Brace & World
in English
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1950, Harcourt, Brace & World
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1950, Harcourt, Brace & World
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1950, New American Library
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1945, Cape
in English
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1932, Jonathan Cape
in English
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1929, Jonathan Cape
in English
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1929, Cape
in English - Collected ed.
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1928, Tauchnitz
in English
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1924, Jonathan Cape
in English - New andcheaper ed.
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Babbitt: Roman
1924, Transmare Verlag
in German
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1922, Jonathan Cape
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1922, Cape
in English
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1922, Modern Library
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1922, Modern library
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1922, Grosset & Dunlap
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1922, Harcourt, Brace and Company
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1922, Harcourt, Brace
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1922, George J. McLeod
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