In popular culture

  • 1922 – Vachel Lindsay wrote a poem titled "The Babbitt Jambouree".[29]
  • 1926 – Babbitt is mentioned briefly as a character in Lewis' novel Elmer Gantry, much of which is also set in Zenith. Babbitt also appears in the 1960 film adaptation.
  • 1927 – English author C. E. M. Joad published The Babbitt Warren, a scathing critique of American society.[36]
  • 1936 - Aldous Huxley published Eyeless in Gaza; character Mark Staithes likens his father to Babbitt
  • 1937 – English author J. R. R. Tolkien published The Hobbit; the title and the originally somewhat complacent and bourgeois character of Bilbo and hobbits in general were influenced by Babbitt.[37][38][39]
  • 1946 – The song "The Babbitt and the Bromide", by George and Ira Gershwin, featured in the film Ziegfeld Follies.
  • 1967 – Elizabeth Stevenson published a popular history of the 1920s titled Babbitts and Bohemians: From the Great War to the Great Depression.[40]
  • 1973 – In Philip Roth's The Great American Novel Gil Gamesh passes through Zenith when banished from the world of baseball (page 340). The novel places the city in Minnesota, however.
  • 1975 – In Saul Bellow's Humboldt's Gift, Charlie Citrine refers to the aspirational "Babbittry" of his childhood sweetheart's father.
  • 1987 – Joseph Campbell references Babbitt in his book and documentary The Power of Myth when discussing with Bill Moyers the concept of following one's bliss.
  • 2008 - In Stephen King's Duma Key, a character mistakenly says "Bobbittry" when they mean "Babbittry." This is followed by a comment that though art scholars may know the differences in art, they may still confuse John Wayne Bobbit for George Babbitt.

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