On the Nightstand: Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis. Written in 1922, Babbitt is at once a work that is the character study of one man and a damning criticism of the excesses of modern capitalism. This novel, by the first U.S. writer to win a Nobel prize for literature, is engaging, entertaining and very prescient-the desire for a citizen to seek comfort in the world of the shiny, the new, the advertised-what in Lewis’s time was a fear-today is practically a disease. #Babbitt #sinclairlewis #losangeles #novel #classic #unitedstates #capitalism

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