Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
Sloan Wilson


This is the story of Tom and Betsy, a middle-class young couple with three children, a nice home, a steady income. They have every reason to be happy, but for some reason they are not: they struggle to find contentment with hectic lifestyles and their material culture. Universally acclaimed when it was first published in 1955, the novel captured the mood of a generation. It was a sensational bestseller that was made into an award-winning film with Gregory Peck, and it was translated into twenty-six languages. Its title has become a permanent part of our vocabulary. Ultimately, the novel is a story about taking responsibility for one’s own life.

Paperback, 288pp
Orion, 2005 (1955)
ISBN 9780141188263