On the 100th anniversary of Sinclair Lewis’s novel Babbitt, the brilliant satire has lost none of its sting. You will laugh at this satire of conformity in mid-size midwestern cities – a synecdoche for the U.S. as a whole.
Lewis, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the first American writer to win the Nobel Prize, never overcame his hatred of his hometown, Sauk Centre, Minnesota, where he was an outcast, and which, ironically, has turned his boyhood home into a museum. No matter that Lewis graduated from Yale and became a famous writer; he continued to satirize midwestern conservatism – the American values embodied by Babbitt.
A classic worth revisiting. You can read this new post at Thornfield Hall Redux.