Suggested Readings

Bucco, Martin, ed. Critical Essays on Sinclair Lewis. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1986. A collection of criticism on Sinclair Lewis. Begins with early interviews and goes on to contemporary critics. Many articles include discussion of Babbitt; one article addresses the book exclusively.

Dooley, D. J. The Art of Sinclair Lewis. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1967. Discusses Babbitt as the first novel to represent what would become Lewis’ characteristic method—the intensive study of a subject. Discusses the novel’s strengths and weaknesses, and explores the significance of Babbitt in American life.

Grebstein, Sheldon Norman. Sinclair Lewis. Boston: Twayne, 1962. Makes a useful distinction between Lewis’ novels, including Babbitt, which were written in the 1920’s, and the rest of his work. Argues that Babbitt created an image of America that continues to be influential.

Love, Glen A. Babbitt: An American Life. Boston: Twayne, 1993. The only book-length study of Babbitt. Puts Babbitt into its historical and literary context. Chronology, critical analysis, bibliography.

O’Connor, Richard. Sinclair Lewis. New York, McGraw-Hill, 1971.

Schorer, Mark. Sinclair Lewis: An American Life. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1961. Indispensable. Discusses Babbitt from its inception to its reviews, and includes an analysis of the novel, concluding that Babbitt was published with timing perfectly suited to match the national mood.