Yale historian Leonard Woods Larabee has identified eight characteristics of the Loyalists that made them essentially conservative and loyal to the king and Britain: They were alienated when the Patriots resorted to violence, such as burning houses and tarring and feathering. They wanted to take a middle-of-the road position and were angry when forced by the Patriots to declare their opposition. They had a long-standing sentimental attachment to Britain often with business and family links.
Lewis thinks that too many Americans often say the things that they are expected to say, that they act exactly as they are expected to act, and that they are extremely conventional as far as individuality and originality are concerned.
Born in the small, provincial town of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, inHarry Sinclair Lewis grew up in a sternly disciplined home.
A strong sense of responsibility and seriousness were early instilled by Lewis' doctor-father.
When Lewis' two older brothers grew up, they followed their father's choice of profession and became respectable doctors. But Lewis did not fit this pattern; instead, Lewis followed another pattern. From the first, he was a precocious child, a creative child.
He was an unhandsome youngster — red-headed, unathletic, shy, and self-conscious; he was lonely and spent much of his time reading.
When he was about 11, however, he began writing and never stopped. During the summers of his last years of high school, Lewis worked alternately on two newspapers and began to publish poetry. At Yale, Lewis continued to write, but other than some of the English faculty who encouraged him in his literary pursuits, he had few friends.
After his freshman year, Lewis temporarily abandoned his studies and went to England on a cattle boat. It was an unhappy experience, but on his return to Yale, Lewis again buried himself in writing and produced a substantial number of essays, poems, and short stories.
Then there followed another trip to Europe, a stay at Upton Sinclair's socialistic community in New Jersey, a try at supporting himself as a freelance writer, and a trip to Panama.
Finally returning to Yale in Junehe finished two semesters' work in a little over one semester and received his degree. Once again Lewis attempted to support himself by writing and, this time, he was able to do so, but his career as a recognized writer still seemed no closer.
Lewis published an adventure novel for boys, Hike and the Aeroplane; his short stories fared well; and, inOur Mr. It was a mildly satiric novel about "the little man" in America, the man who battles his anonymity and triumphs.
Wrenn, Lewis published four more novels, all investigating Lewis' concept of what it means to be "American.
Lewis underlined the question by experimenting with such techniques as exaggeration, broad understatement, and irony. Still, however, in spite of his investigation of America, Lewis seemed to remain largely unknown. InLewis was no longer unknown.
When Main Street was published, the press and the public were loud in both praising and damning Lewis and his novel.
Overnight, Lewis became a controversial figure throughout America. Before Main Street, no American novel had attacked the much-romanticized myth of the small town.
Lewis, however, was reared in a small town and felt strongly about the fraud of a small town's hominess and honesty. He meant his novel to dissect the narrow mediocrity of small town frauds — and he succeeded.
Two years later, in Babbitt, Lewis again staggered America — this time, with his portrait of the bourgeois businessman who achieved success and money and rewarded himself and his family with the most modern, material things his nation offered, but remained dissatisfied and confused.
Today, of course, Babbitt is an American classic, and the word "Babbitt" is a part of the American vocabulary; the word carries the unsavory connotation of someone who conforms rigidly to the standards of one's social peers, someone who is respectably middle class and has little social conscience and even less imagination.
After satirically depicting a typical small town and a typical suburban businessman, Lewis next turned his attention to medicine in Arrowsmith ; to religious quackery in Elmer Gantry ; and to Americanism vs.
Europeanism in Dodsworth InLewis was rewarded for his exhaustive study of America by being awarded a literary prize never before given to an American: Ironically, the prize came at the peak of Lewis' career; from on, Lewis never again wrote a novel that had the impact of his early masterpieces.
Ann VickersCass Timberlaneand Kingsblood Royal were financially successful and were all adapted for either the stage or the movies, but critics found the novels inferior to the masterful quintet of novels produced before Lewis was awarded the Nobel Prize.
Lewis also sensed that his writing no longer had the strength that he tried for.Babbitt [Sinclair Lewis] on metin2sell.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is a reproduction of a book published before This book may have occasional imperfections such as Reviews: “Babbitt” is a novel written by the American novelist Sinclair Lewis and was first published in It follows the story of the Babbitt family, specially George F.
Babbitt, who lives in the city of Zenith, among a majority of middle-class Americans who aspire to live by certain standards that /5.
Nov 24, · Sinclair Lewis's epic of the booming s uniquely captures the relentless culture of American business.
A classic novel about conformity in small-town . being awakened by such a rich device."(Babbitt pg.3) Babbitt praises the technology of his alarm clock only because it is a symbol of material worth and therefore social status.
All of Babbitt's actions and thoughts are controlled by the standards of Zenith. "His every 4/4(1).
Background. Families were often divided during the American Revolution, and many felt themselves to be both American and British, still owing a loyalty to the mother country. Babbitt (), by Sinclair Lewis, is a satirical novel about American culture and society that critiques the vacuity of middle-class life and the social pressure toward conformity.
The controversy provoked by Babbitt was influential in the decision to award the Nobel Prize in literature to Lewis in