|Hae-Jin Choi||Lewis, Sinclair: Babbitt|
|Assignment 1: Bibliographic Description|
|1. First Edition Publication Information||Published by Harcourt, Brace and Company in New York, 1922.|
Printed by The Quinn and Baden Company, in Rahway, New Jersey.
|2. First Edition in Cloth, Paper, or Both?||The first edition was published in navy blue cloth with|
|4. Pagination||i. blank|
iii. title page
iv. other novels by Sinclair Lewis
v. title, author, and copy right information
vii. dedication page
ix-xiv. list of books published by Harcourt, Brace and
|5. Edited and/or Introduced?||It was neither introduced nor edited.|
|6. Illustrated?||It does not contain any illustrations.|
|8. General Appearance||The cover is in navy blue cloth. On the front cover, the|
title is in navy blue capital letters and is blocked off
in orange. On the bottom of the front cover, the name of
the author is in orange letters and only "S" and "L" are
capitalized. The cover page has an orange border.
The book is well printed. The letters are approximately 11
pt and are probably the courier font. The typography is
very readable. Each chapter is divided by sections
and the sections are marked off by Roman numerals.
There are at least two sections in each chapter and
at most, five sections.
|10. Description of Paper||The book is well-kept. The paper is ivory colored, smooth,|
and flat. It is very durable and thick.
|11. Description of Binding||The title is in capitalized navy blue letters and is|
blocked off in an orange rectangle. The name of the author
is also in navy blue and is in slightly smaller font
than the title. There is a navy blue line that separates the
title and the name of the author. The name of the publisher
is in orange letters and is slightly smaller than the
name of the author.
|12. Title Page Transcription||BABBITT|
AUTHOR OF "MAIN STREET"
HB in square
HARCOURT,BRACE, & WORLD, INC.
|14. Manuscript Holdings||University of Texas holds 56 manuscripts of Lewis and|
Yale holds 300 manuscripts,thus the manuscript of Babbit
might be found in either of the two. Port Washington Public
Library holds a contract between Lewis and Harcourt, Brace
and Company, which proposes that Lewis give 100,000-200,000
words manuscript of Babbit to the company. In return, the
publishers proposes to pay a royalty of ten percent of
the published price on all copies which they sell.
The call number for this contract is SLMS12.
|15. Other||This book is dedicated to Edith Wharton. |
The last three pages of the book list new books from
Harcourt, Brace and Company, as well as foreign books in
translation from The European Library and also unusual
collections of modern writing. Most of the books cost
less than two dollars.
|Assignment 2: Publication History|
|1. Other Editions:||Harcourt, Brace, & Company issued another edition in 1931. |
The second edition was slightly larger in comparison to
the first edition, which was 18.7cm, whereas
the second edition measured 19 1/2 cm. In 1950, the
Harcourt, Brace, & Company changed its name to Harcourt,
Brace, & World and published another edition, which measured
21 cm. Further information on physical appearance of other
editions were not available, but Harcourt, Brace, & Company
published in 1949, 1961, and then in 1989 under the name of
Harcourt, Brace, & Jovanovich.
The National Union Catalogue Pre-1956 Imprints vol.330 p.634
|4. First Edition printings or impressions?||There were two states of the first edition, in which the |
first one is less common. On page 49 line 2, "Purdy" is
changed to "Lyte". On line 5, "my" is changed to "any".
On page 75 line 34, "plain" is changed to "plane". On page
85 line 5, "means" is changed to "mean".
First Printings of American Authors V.3
|5. Editions from other publishers?||P.F. Collier 1922|
Editions for the Armed Services 1922 1943
Grosset & Dunlap 1922 1924
Modern Library 1922 1942
George J.McLeod Limited 1922
E.Nash & Grayson 1928
J.Cape 1924 1929 1945 1960 1968
Cape 1922 1932 1973
Albatross 1935 1947
Bantam Books 1922 1946 1998
New American Library 1950 1961 1963 1980
Signet Classic 1922 1961 1991 1998
G.K. Hall 1922 1998
Transction Publishers 1996 1997
Amereon House 1990 1992
Penguin Books 1996
Panther 1922 1974
The National Union Catalogue Pre-1956 Imprints, Vol330 p.634
|6. Last date in print?||In print as of 1999.|
1998 Bantam Books
1998 Macmillan Library Reference-Large Type
1997 Transaction Publishers-Large Type
Books in Print with Book Reviews-UVA Virgo
|7. Total copies sold?||By 1936, 1,275,739 copies were sold.|
According to 80 Years of Best Sellers by Hackett, Babbitt
made the best sellers list on the basis of over 50 years
Hackett, 80 Years of Best Sellers
|8. Sales by year?||The information was not available|
|9. Advertising copy:||An advertisement for Babbit first appeared on New York Times|
Book Review , on Oct.22 of 1922 on pg.19. It appeared on the
bottom of the page, in a small rectangular shaped box.
The title of the book was capitalized and was in black
blocked letters. Sinclair Lewis was introduced as the
author of Main Street. May Sinclair praised the book as
"a great work of art".
New York Times Book Review Nove.5, 1922. In the middle of
the page, the title was capitalized in black blocked letters.
The advertisement introduced the book by saying,
"England and America agree about Babbitt..." There were
quotes by six authors, like H.G Wells who said, "I wish
I could've written Babbitt". Hugh Walpole said, "It is
fine tone,complete, and understanding". William Allen
White said, "Sinclair Lewis is one of the major prophets
of our time".
New York Times Nov.19, 1922, p.18 has an ad of H.G. Well
writing a letter to Sinclair Lewis, prasing Babbitt. It
starts off "My Dear Lewis..."
New York Times Book Review Oct-Dec 1922
|11. Other promotion?||In New York Times Nov.10, 1922 p.22,|
"For your Christmas list..." and Babbitt is one of them.
American Babbitt Bearing, a business servicing major
industries in steel, paper, aluminum, cement, and motor
St.Louis Bearing, the Babbit Bearing Specialists, bearings
designed in bronze
Illustrated with scenes from the photoplay, A Warner
Brother's screen classic
New York, Grosset & Dunlap 1926
New York Times Book Review Oct-Dec 1922
|12. Performances in other media?||There was no information available.|
|13. Translations?||Portuguese: Babbitt. Traducao de Leonel Vallandro. Porto |
Alegre, Brazil, Edicao da livraria do globo, 1942.
Romanian: Babbitt. Traducere de Jul. Giurgea. Bucharest,
Slovenian: Babbitt. Prevedel Izidor Cankar. Ljubljana,
Drizavna Zalozba Slovenije, 1953.
Spanish: Babbitt. Traduccion directa del ingles y prologo
de Jose Robles Pazos. 1.ed. Madrid, 1930.
Chinese: Yuan Ching Chue pan shih yeh kung ssu, 1983.
1st translated by Wu Yin, 2nd by chung ch'iao.
French: Editions Rombaldi 1962 les Presses du Compagnonage
translated by Maurice Remon
Norwegian: oslo? Gyldendal Norsk-Forlag 1993
The National Union Catalogue Pre-1956 Imprints vol 330
|14. Serialization?||There is no evidence that this book was serialized.|
|15. Sequels or Prequels?||There is no evidence that this book had sequels or prequels.|
|Assignment 3: Brief Biography|
|On February 7, 1885, Edwin J. and Emma Lewis, celebrated the birth of Sinclair Lewis in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Their ancestor John Lewis had immigrated from Wales and settled in Conneticut around 1680. |
Sinclair Lewis spent few months at Oberlin Academy in Ohio, before entering Yale University in 1903. During college, he was active as an editor of "Yale Literary Magazine", but he also did some journalistic work for New Haven's "Journal and Courier". During his senior year at Yale, he took an ephemeral flight to Upton Sinclair's cooperative colony at Helicon Hall, in Englewood, New Jersey, but soon returned to Yale and received his degree in 1907. His career as a novelist was launched off in 1912, when he wrote a book for boys, titled, "Hike and the Aeroplane", under a pen name, "Tom Graham". In 1914, he wrote "Our Mr.Wrenn" under his own name. In 1915, he resigned from all editorial reponsibilities, in order to focus on his free lance writing. He became known to the public through a short-fiction publication titled, "Century",which appeared in "Saturday Evening Post". Some of his most well known novels include "Main Street"(1920), "Babbitt"(1922), "Arrowsmith" (1925), "Mantrap"(1926),"Elmer Ganry"(1927), and many more. His last book, "World So Wide", was written in 1951, which is the year that he breathed last, in Rome, Italy. In addition to writing novels, he also wrote, starred in, and directed plays. Lewis collaborated with J.C. Moffitt to write "It Can't Happen Here", which was produced by the Federal Theater in 1936, and he played the starring role in "Angela is 22", which was produced on the road in 1938-39. His most famous novel is probably "Babbitt", which was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1930, and he became the first American to receive such distinguished honor. According to the National Cyclopedia of American Biography, the plot of "Babbitt" revolves around an average middle-aged American man and it also records that in writing "Babbitt", Lewis visited various places that appear in the novel, conducted a research on real-estate business, which was the occupation of the main character, drew a fictional map of the town, composed notes on cars, furnishings, clothes, and clubs, and gave birth to a
city called Zenith, which appears in his several other works. According to Martin Light in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, "Babbitt" is famous for its satiric representation of American speech. An example of Babbitt's speech testifies to such claim; "by golly, here they go and use up all the towels, every doggone one of'em"(Lewis 6) and in his lecture to his daughter, "Now look here! The first thing you got to understand is that all this uplift and flipflop and settlement-work and recreation is nothing in God's world but the entering wedge for socialism"(Lewis 17). Furthermore, the Dictionary of Literary Biography records that it is from the novel that the word "babbitt" originated, which refers to a person who conforms to prevailing social and moral standards. According to the National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Lewis was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for "Arrowsmith", but he rejected it, for he felt that it did not fulfill the provision of the Pulitzer will, which stated that it should be given to "American novel which shall best represent the wholesome atmosphere of American life and the highest standard of American mannners and manhood"(236). Lewis was married and divorced twice in his life; he married his first wife,Grace
Livingston on April 15th, 1914, and divorced her in 1928,then he married his second wife, Dorothy Thompson, on May 14th, 1928, and divorced her in 1941. He has two sons Wells and Michael, Wells by his first wife Grace, and Michael, by his second wife, Dorothy.National Cyclopedia of American Biography. James T Whitt & Company: NJ, 1977.
Light, Martin. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Gale Research Company: Michigan, 1981.
Lewis, Sinclair. Babbitt. Harcourt, Brace & World, INC: New York, 1950.
|Lewis's Babbitt was generally received with much praise. R.M.|
Gay of Atlantic's Bookshelf said, "To follow Babbitt one day is
to get a hideously true view of the worst in American ways and
thoughts and speech at this particular moment of history, to feel
its vulgarity and noise and glare, its aimless rush, its motor-
and movie-madness, its spiritual emptiness". Many critics
applauded Lewis for his representation of America, though some
denied that it was not entirely true. For example, New Republic
magazine recorded that "the fact that it is not the whole truth
makes it not so much a novel as a terribly damaging attack on
nearly all of our worst faults, and a brilliant piece of
propaganda for some future." But many agreed that that it was
an accurate reflection of American society, Burton Rascoe of
New York Tribune said that Babbitt is "a successful, amusing,
comic, human documention in our social history" and R.D. Townsend
added that it is a piece of "meticulous exactness". Moreover,
Babbitt was praised for its honest portrayal of a person; his
short-comings as well as his positive attibutes. Greensboro Daily
News said, "it will be hated, spat upon, possibly burned...
but it will be read... because it attacks shams, hypocrisies,
poltrooneries, and dishonesties", which exist in everyone.
Furthermore, Babbitt was admired for its language, Carl Van Doren
of Literary review said that it is "a masterpiece of language,
a lexicon, a grammer, a commentray on American tongue." Lastly,
Upton Sinclair adds, "I'm sorry to have praised this book so much
because as it happens, it comes out one day ahead of my own
novel... and I'm hoping that some of you will save a part of your
money to buy a copy of that!"R.M. Gay, Atlantic's Bookshelf N '22 620W
Boston Transcript p.2 S 16 '22 950W
Dial 73:456 O '22 230W
Greensboro Daily News p.8 S 24 '22 1400W
Literary Review p.21 S 16 '22 850W
Literay Reivew p.23 S 16 '22 1200W
Nation 115:284 S 20 '22 750W
New Republic 32:152 O 4 '22 1400W
New Statesman 20:78 O 21 '22 1750W
New York Times S 24 '22 1800W
New York Tribune p.8 s 17 '22 1500W
North America 216:716 N '22 1000W
Outlook 132:253 O 11 '22 500W
Florence Fleisher, Springfield Republican p7a O 8 '22 1550W
Lewig Lewisohn, The Nation, New York, vol.CXV, No.2985,
September 20, 1922, pp.284-85
|Subsequent critics praised Babbitt with similar enthusiasm. |
Sheldon N.Grebstein of Twayne Publishers said that
"though Babbitt is a coward, a braggar, a hypocrite, a liar,
a cheat, a poor husband and father, but he is also kind, loyal
to his friends, basically simple and descent... he is a
combination of strength and weakness, vice and virtue".
The critics applauded Lewis for his ability to convey duality,
yet portraying Babbit so real and personable. Furthemore, the
critics also praised Babbitt for its language, Charles Walcutt
called it,"rich authenticity" of tongue. Subsequent critics also
had a love and hate reaction to the novel. Caren Town says that
the novel is "both a critique and celebration of society and
character it describes; Babitt is simultaneously condemned and
admired and the reader is simultaneouly appalled and amused."
She concludes that Babitt is "a character who moves between
worlds, who invokes both our pity and our rage, who is both hero
and clown."Mark Schorer, "Sinclair Lewis:'Babbitt', in Landmarks of American
Writing, edited by Hennnig Cohen, Basic Books, 1969.Charles Walcutt, "Sinclair Lewis and the Diagnostic Novel:
'Main Street' and 'Babbitt'", in Journal of American Studies,
Vol.20, No.3, December, 1986, pp.421-33.Caren Town "A Dream More Romantic: 'Babbitt' and Narrative
Discontinuity," in West Virginia University Philogical Papers,
Vol.33, 1987, pp.41-9.
|Sinclair Lewis's Babbitt was an immense success at the time of its publication. Lewis made a hero out of Babbitt, by drawing a portrait of a middle-aged real estate broker and identifying him as a representation of an average American man. In response, the Americans laughed, cried, and raged over Babbitt. According to the Greensboro Daily News, Lewis attacked "shams and hypocrisies and poltrooneries and dishonesties that pretty nearly every reader, if he is honest with himself, will realize that he has engaged in, directly, or indirectly at one time or another " (Book Review Digest 318). Upon its publication, the Dictionary of Literary Biography asserts that "babbitt" was added to the American vocabulary list, which refers to a person who conforms to the prevailing social and moral standards. On the other hand, the critics praised Babbitt for its representation of America, its universality, its depiction of struggle between self and the world, its portrayal of mundane routines of life, and the hope that it offers at the end. Burton Rascoe of New York Tribune called it, "a successful, amusing, ironic, human document in our social history" (Book Review Digest 318). Furthermore, Babbitt was not only applauded by the critics, but also by fellow authors of his time. H.G. Wells said, "I wish I could've written Babbitt" (NY Times 18), Hugh Walpole commented, "it is fine tone, complete, and understanding" (NY Times 18), and William Allen White remarked, "Sinclair Lewis is one of the major prophets of our time" (NY Times 18). |
Lewis's Babbitt is often compared to its predecessor, Main Street. In Main Street, Lewis focuses on a small town, Gopher Prairie, where he shatters the stereotypes of farmers living peacefully in a hick town. Instead, he depicts a small town of 1920's, where "it has the same standardized products but with a less variety, the same social and political orthodoxies, but with less dissent"(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism 343). In this, Lewis turns Gopher Prairie into "a single expression of mechanical and fatuous dullness" (TCLC 343). The critics often compare Gopher Prairie to Babbitt, as cultural critiques and sociological ideal types. However, the critics praise Babbitt with much more enthusiasm, for it focuses on one character, Babbitt, and offers a complete and honest portrayal of a man. The New York Times says, "in Babbitt, Mr. Sinclair Lewis triumphs precisely where in Main Street he failed. By fixing attention firmly on one superb central figure he has achieved an admirable effect of unity and concentration" (Book Review Digest 318). The Nations magazine asked a rhetorical question as to whether Babbitt is as good as the Main Street; it answers, "there needs to be no hesitation in answering; it is better" ( Book Review Digest 318).
On the other hand, Lewis's Babbitt is also compared to business novels and their authors; Henry James, William Dean Howells, Charles and Frank Norris, Jack London, David Graham Phippils, Robert Herrick, Upton Sinclair, Edith Wharton, Ernest Poole, and Booth Tarkington . These writers have been interested in the business world and they primarily depicted ethical corruption, driven by power, money, and social prestige. However, whereas the other novels are generally "solemn or grandly melodramatic denunciations of monstrous figures if aggressive evil" (TCLC 342), "Babbitt was raucously satirical of a crowd of ninnies and buffoons, who, if they were vindictive and petty, were also absurd. Yet, along with all that, Babbitt himself was pathetic"(TCLC 342). In this way, the readers were more sympathetic to Babbitt, because Babbitt was a man of a small business, dealing with everyday problems, and not a tycoon with plans to overthrow the government like the other business novels.
But Babbitt is most well known for its accurate representation of American culture. R.M. Gay of Atlantic's Bookshelf says, "to follow Babbitt for one day is to get a hideously true view of the worst in American ways and thought and speech at this particular moment of history, to feel its vulgarity and noise and glare, its aimless rush, its motor and movie madness, its spiritual emptiness" (Book Review Digest 318). This American-ness is epitomized in the main character Babbitt, who is a middle class middle- aged man, living in a suburban area, who possesses a membership to the Zenith Athletic Club, where he socializes and chats about nothing particularly important, goes to church occasionally on Sundays and claims himself to be a Presbyterian, a self-professed Republican, and starts the day with a breakfast with his loving and gentle wife and three kids. Furthermore, Lewis's attempt to give an accurate representation of America, is attested in Babbitt's language and dialogues. He uses phrases like "by golly", "good lord", "say, uh", and "ah-huh" and makes small and meaningless chats with his neighbors and friends. For example, in his conversation with his neighbor, Dr. Howard Littlefield, Babbitt talks about early arrival of spring and discusses a bit of politics, like his thoughts about a Republican candidate. Their dialogue generates a feeling of familiarity, a type of dialogue that you can hear, when walking past lunch tables in a restaurant. In addition, Lewis's description of Zenith characterizes a typical mid-sized city of America. For there were "austere towers of steel and cement and limestone" (Lewis 1), as well as "the red brick minarets of hulking old houses, factories with sting and sooted windows"(Lewis 1), people dressed up in evening clothes returning from a play, as well as scrubwomen crawling through the building with weary shoulders and feet. The Twentieth Century Literary Criticism reports that Lewis studied and "worked up" the world of real state brokers to give an accurate account of the kind of life that they lead.
However, despite its overwhelmingly American nature, Babbitt is also applauded for its universality. The Times [London] Literary Supplementary notes, "the story, though intensely American in its setting and the language in which it is told, is a drama of something universal" (Book Review Digest 319). Some of universal aspects found in Babbitt are hypocrisy, fear, spiritual emptiness, conformity, vanity, and materialism. Perhaps one aspect that encompasses all other aspects, is fear. At the end of the novel, Babbitt says to Ted, his son, and "practically I've never done a single thing I've wanted to in my whole life!" (Lewis 401). According to Ludwig Lewisohn in the Nation, Babbitt is a creature of fear living in a mechanical society where dissenters are threatened with exile and hunger and conformity is highly encouraged. Consequently, Babbitt lives with a fundamental fear. He fears all those who are close to him; his business partners, his friends, his own family, and his social acquaintances.
Furthermore, "he fears for his business which gives him prosperity without wealth, for his home that gives him order without comfort, for domestic affections that keep out forlornness but do not warm his soul" (TCLC 203). Moreover, his friend, Paul Riesling, who bravely proceeds with his desires, ends up being alienated from the society. Consequently, the readers empathize with Babbitt and understand him, when Babbitt joins the Good Citizens League, an organization dedicated to fight socialism and liberalism, but hiding behind a façade of expressing civic concerns like park or city planning. This was significant because he initially denounces the organization, but eventually succumbs to social and peer pressure. In this, the readers empathizes with Babbitt and are consoled, because they are not the only ones who are defeated by fear and they are not alone in feeling discontent. Though unhappily, the readers are able to live vicariously through Babbitt.
In addition, the critics also praise Babbitt for its depiction of struggle between the self and the world. Caren Town of West Virginia University asserts that Babbitt's friend, Paul, represents all "self"; he is willing to destroy anything that gets in the way of his desires (TCLC 257), whereas Babbitt's wife, Mara, represents all "world"; she is incapable of existing without the other characters. In the novel, Paul becomes increasingly discontent with his wife, who nags and complains all the time. Gradually, he falls in love with another woman who offers understanding and rest. Eventually, overcome with hatred towards his wife, Paul shoots his wife, and ends up in prison. Likewise, Babbitt is also discontent with his wife. Though she is an excellent housewife and a mother, she does not understand his desires and passions, and is "as sexless as a anemic nun"(Lewis 7). Consequently, Babbitt falls in love with another woman, Tanis Judique, who is unconventional and passionate. Then he ventures into a life of a "self", leading a bohemian life of drinking and dancing. But ultimately, he cannot let go of the "world" like Paul did; his security as a respectable citizen and the comfort zone that his family offers matter more to him than freedom from conventions. Thus when the town starts gossiping about his relationship with Tanis and when his friend Vergil Gunch confronts him about his behaviors, "fear sat beside him, and he told himself that to-night he would not go to Tanis's flat; and he did not go…till late" (Lewis 348). Eventually, he leaves Tanis and returns to his conventional life style. This struggle probably appealed to the readers, because Babbitt, despite his ultimate defeat, attempted to follow his desires and to escape from conformity. The readers probably affirmed his courage for his endeavor.
Another aspect that attributes to Babbitt's success, is its description of mundane routines of life. R.D. Townsend of the Outlook remarks, "Babbitt's literary portrait is a piece of meticulous exactness"( Book Review Digest 319). For example, the first chapter of the novel records Babbitt's morning ritual; "he grunted; he dragged his thick legs, in faded baby-blue pajamas, from under the khaki blanket; he sat on the edge of the cot, running his fingers through his wild hair, while his plump feet mechanically felt for his slippers" (Lewis 4). Furthermore, Lewis provides a detailed account of Babbitt's search for his razor blades, his crime of wiping his face on a guest towel, his spectacles, "huge, circular, frameless lenses of the very best glass"(Lewis 8). Lewis carefully outlines such mundane details of life to project an authentic life of his characters. Accordingly, Lewis constantly mentions Babbitt's struggle with his smoking habits; locking up his cigar box in a file box and hiding the key in a more difficult place, throwing out his cigar case out of the smoking compartment window, only to buy another one at the next stop, and temporarily forgetting that he made resolutions to quit smoking. But such inconsistencies make Babbitt all the more genuine and Lewis heightens his authenticity with minute details.
Lastly, Babbitt remains as a timeless classic for its hopeful tone. In the beginning of the novel, Babbitt is dreaming of a fairy child, " a dream more romantic than scarlet pagodas by a silver sea"(Lewis 2). In his dream, he is able to escape from the crowded house, past his wife and his clamoring friends, to a secret rendezvous, where "she cried that he was gay and valiant" (Lewis 3). This dream offers him a flight from his conventional world and enkindles passion and vigor that are lacking in his life. Additionally, the ending offers the ultimate hope for many readers. At the end, Babbitt's son, Ted, secretly marries his girlfriend, then introduces his new bride to the astounded and irate family, and announces his plans to leave the university in order to get into mechanics. Though Babbitt expresses his concern about not finishing school, he says that he "gets a kind of sneaking pleasure out of the fact that [he] knew what [he] wanted to do and [he] did it" (Lewis 401). Furthermore, he tells Ted
not to be afraid of the people and the society and encourages him to pursue his desires and passion. He says, "Go ahead, old man! The world is yours!" (Lewis 401). The changes in the new generation of Babbitts offer a hope for America, as well as for its readers. The new generation of Babbitts is not afraid of unconventional life style and affirm individuality, authorizing departure from the norm. Thus Lewis is hopeful as he envisions a new America, even as he points to the hypocrisies and the defects of the country.
According to the Hackett's 80 Years of Best Sellers, Babbitt made the best seller's list on the basis of over 50 years of cumulative sales. Furthermore, even after over 70 years of publication, Babbitt remains in prints and the steadfast sales records testify to its timelessness. The Greensboro Daily News attests to its success, for it acclaims that, "it will hated, spat upon, possibly burned by the common hangman. But it will be read" (Book Review Digest, 318). But not only is it read, it is also loved and treasured, and bears the name of the most honorable literary award, the Nobel Prize.
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Knight, Marion, & Mertice M.James, eds. The Book Review Digest. New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1923.
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