Hard Cover. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition, first printing, first state, with "Supposing Purdy and I" and "to ruin my fellow human" to page 49. One of 9,500 copies. About very good with some scattered discoloration and spotting to cloth, stain to lower corner of front panel and lower spine, former owner inscription to front endpaper. Pastore 8. Babbitt, is Lewis' eighth novel that and established his reputation as a major American author. Just as Main Street (1920) criticized romantic conceptions of American small-town life, Babbitt satirizes urban life in America in the 1920s. Specifically, it tells the story of George F. Babbitt, a "hustling, prosperous real estate broker" in the fictional city of Zenith. An immediate bestseller, Babbitt's popularity was such that "babbitt" became a neologism for a person or businessman who unquestioningly conforms to middle-class standards of living. Notably, Babbitt played a significant role in Lewis' being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930, making him the first American author to win the prestigious honor.