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Unformatted text preview: As one reads Babbitt , one is continually aware of Sinclair Lewis' fierce anger with America's mediocrity, a mediocrity usually expressed by a multitude of clichs. Lewis thinks that too many Americans often say the things that they are expected to say, that they act exactly as they are expected to act, and that they are extremely conventional as far as individuality and originality are concerned. It is as though the Americans whom he describes were living in a very expensive, pleasantly colored, cookie cutter-type, clichd 1920s Dark Age. Ironically, the facts of Lewis' early life are also clichd; they follow a trite pattern, one that Lewis himself would probably have agreed is seemingly almost required for a creative talent. Born in the small, provincial town of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, in 1855, Harry Sinclair Lewis grew up in a sternly disciplined home. A strong sense of responsibility and seriousness were early instilled by in a sternly disciplined home....
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