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December 9, 2020 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Delaware Humanities

“You’re so earnest about morality that I hate to think how essentially immoral you must be underneath.”

George F. Babbitt has it all–a perfect house, a nice car, a doting wife, three kids, a thriving business, and the admiration of his community.  But Babbitt is unhappy.  His discontent leads him to question everything he has been taught to believe is important and to rebel, without fully realizing what his rebellion may cost him.  Taking place during the roaring 20s, Sinclair Lewis’ satirical Babbitt (1922), explores consumerism, conformity, politics, and what it means to be middle class in such a way that his almost 100 year old novel is still extremely relevant today.

Babbitt is now in the public domain and can be downloaded for free from Project Gutenberg.


Program Description

As part of Delaware Humanities’ “Prohibited” initiative, the books for the 2021 Winter and Summer Book Clubs will be previously banned or frequently challenged books.  This winter we will look at three classics and then this summer focus on modern literature. Everyone who attends all three Winter Book Club sessions will be entered into a raffle to win a Banned Books heat reactive mug from Out of Print! Registration will begin four weeks before each session.  There will be five free copies of the book for those who register for one, while supplies last.  Please note if you claim a free book and do not attend the discussion session, you will not be allowed to claim a free book in the future.  Books will only be mailed to Delaware addresses. Our books this winter are: December 9:  Babbitt by Sinclair Lews January 13: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury February 10: Beloved by Toni Morrison