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Babbitt

self-satisfied conformer to middle-class ideas and ideals. [Am. Lit: Babbitt]

Babbitt

anti-intellectual, bourgeois conformist. [Am. Lit.: Babbitt]
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When his wife goes East to visit relatives in the summer of 1921, George Babbitt attempts to seduce the manicurist of the Thornleigh Hotel, Ida Putiak--only to find he is incapable of wooing her.
In his recent biography of Lewis, Richard Lingeman correctly notes that "the critique of America underpinning Babbitt had much in common with Stearns's anthology.
In a 1917 letter to friend Joseph Hergesheimer (author of the Three Black Pennys book that Babbitt tries to read one night while his wife is away), Lewis describes a sense of frustration with his inability to write in the style he wanted: "I'm groping again.
When Lewis began the penning of Babbitt in 1921, Veblen was a giant in American philosophy, best known for his Theory of the Leisure Class (1899).
This would enable Babbitt Ranches to convert a natural resource directly into a commodity that would provide a healthy, all-natural product for local residents.
Manufacturing: Raise calves to full-grown on Babbitt Ranch land (about 1 1/2 years).
Retail distribution of patties, sausage and steaks directly to grocery/convenience stores including existing Babbitt locations in Arizona.
Since there were no slaughterhouse facilities in Flagstaff, Babbitt Ranches would have to ship their cattle to Chino Valley, 1 1/2 hours away, to have the cows slaughtered and then ship them back to Flagstaff to be processed into beef products.
Babbitt understood the potential of the attorney general's office in an era of corruption and consumerism.
Babbitt convinced the legislature to allow him to appoint a statewide grand jury, then set it to work on land fraud.
One March morning in 1978, Babbitt awoke to discover that he was governor.
Babbitt vetoed 21 bills in 1979, 30 more over the next two years.