- 1922 – Vachel Lindsay wrote a poem titled "The Babbitt Jambouree".
- 1927 – English author C. E. M. Joad published The Babbitt Warren, a scathing critique of American society.
- 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.
- 1946 – The song "The Babbitt and the Bromide", by George and Ira Gershwin, featured in the film Ziegfeld Follies.
- 1960 – George Babbitt was a minor character in the film adaptation of Elmer Gantry.
- 1967 – Elizabeth Stevenson published a popular history of the 1920s titled Babbitts and Bohemians: From the Great War to the Great Depression.
- 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.
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