By Willard Peart
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The book takes its name from the principal character, George F. Babbitt, a middle-aged partner, with his father-in-law, in a real-estate firm. When the story begins, in April 1920, Babbitt is 46 years old. He has a wife, Myra, three children (Verona, 22; Ted, 17; and Tinka, 10), and a well-appointed house in the prosperous Floral Heights neighborhood of “Zenith," a fictitious city in the equally fictitious state of “Winnemac,” which is adjacent to Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. (Babbitt does not mention Winnemac by name, though Lewis's later novel Arrowsmith elaborates on its location.) When Babbitt was published, newspapers in Cincinnati, Duluth, Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis each claimed that their city was the model for Sinclair's Zenith. Cincinnati possessed perhaps the strongest argument for such a claim because Lewis had lived there for a time while researching Babbitt. Lewis's own correspondence suggests, however, that Zenith is meant to be any Midwestern city with a population between about 200,000 and 300,000. Zenith's chief virtue is conformity, and its religion is “boosterism.” Prominent boosters in Zenith include Vergil Gunch, the coal-dealer; Sidney Finkelstein, the ladies'-ready-to-wear buyer for Parcher & Stein's department-store; Professor Joseph K. Pumphrey, owner of the Riteway Business College and “instructor in Public Speaking, Business English, Scenario Writing, and Commercial Law;” and T. Cholmondeley "Chum" Frink, a famous poet of dubious talent.
*Interface & Design*
Page Turning,Settings,Menus & Table Of Contents Uniquely Designed
Rich Graphical User Interface
Designed with focus on reading, menus and settings are out of the way but easily accessible
*Sun Table Of Content System*
*3D Page Turning*
Font Face - Option to choose different font types
Font Size - Adjust font size to make smaller or larger
Text Color - Change the color of the reading text on the screen
Text Alignment - Choose to have text aligned: Left, Right, Center, Justified
Line Spacing - Spacing between each line
Margin Width - Distance between the text and sides of the reader
Link Color - Set color for links
Selection Color - Color for highlighted text
Night Reading - Choose for easier reading at night
Page Turn Sound - Page Turning sound on or off
Lock Rotation - Option to lock reader to portrait mode only
Hide Phone Status - Ability to show or hide the status of the phone/network"
- Category: Books
- Released: 18 February 2010
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 3.2 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Willard Peart
- © 2009 PublishThis, LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.