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The Job

The Job by Sinclair Lewis
By: (1885-1951)

‘The Job’ is an early work by American novelist Sinclair Lewis. It is considered an early declaration of the rights of working women. The focus is on the main character, Una Golden, who desires to establish herself in a legitimate occupation while balancing the eventual need for marriage. The story takes place in the early 1900-1920’s and takes Una from a small Pennsylvania town to New York. Forced to work due to family illness, Una shows a talent for the traditional male bastion of commercial real estate and, while valued by her company, she struggles to achieve the same status of her male coworkers. On a parallel track, her quest for traditional romance and love is important but her unique role as a working woman… makes it tough to find an appropriate suitor.

First Page:

THE JOB

AN AMERICAN NOVEL

BY SINCLAIR LEWIS

AUTHOR OF MAIN STREET, BABBITT, ETC.

GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS     NEW YORK

Made in the United States of America

Copyright, 1917, by Harper & Brothers Printed in the United States of America Published February, 1917

TO

MY WIFE

WHO HAS MADE "THE JOB" POSSIBLE AND LIFE ITSELF QUITE BEAUTIFULLY IMPROBABLE

CONTENTS

Page

Part I 3 THE CITY

Part II 133 THE OFFICE

Part III 251 MAN AND WOMAN

Part I

THE CITY

CHAPTER I

Captain Lew Golden would have saved any foreign observer a great deal of trouble in studying America. He was an almost perfect type of the petty small town middle class lawyer. He lived in Panama, Pennsylvania. He had never been "captain" of anything except the Crescent Volunteer Fire Company, but he owned the title because he collected rents, wrote insurance, and meddled with lawsuits.

He carried a quite visible mustache comb and wore a collar, but no tie... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

March 9, 2014
I enjoyed this book, in particular because I marveled at how much women in business face some of the same issues 100 years later. The main character was ahead of her time.


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