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The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

Author: Sloan Wilson

Year Published: 1955

Description: Sloan Wilson's The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit tells the story of a suburbanite couple, Tom and Betsy Rath, who, along with many of their contemporaries, struggle to find contentment in the face of an increasingly materialistic culture characterized by conformity.  Largely autobiographical based on the author's time spent as the assistant director of the U.S. National Citizen Commission for Public Schools, the novel was adapted into a film starring Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones just one year after its original publication.

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'Anything about a man can be summed up in the numbers.   Thomas R. Rath, thirty-three years old, making seven thousand dollars a year, owner of a 1939 Ford, a six-room house, and ten thousand dollars' worth of G.I. Life Insurance, which in the case of his death, would pay his widow about forty dollars a month.'

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