Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Sinclair Lewis


Businessman George F. Babbitt loves the latest appliances, making money and the Republican party. In fact, he loves being a Solid Citizen even more than he loves his wife. But Babbitt comes to resent the middle class trappings he has worked so hard to acquire. Realising that his life is devoid of meaning, he grows determined to transcend his trivial existence and search for a greater purpose. In the economic boom years of 1920s America, Babbitt became a symbol of middle-class mediocrity, and his name an enduring part of the American lexicon.

Paperback, 384pp
Vintage Classics, 1994 (1922)
ISBN 9780099264712