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The Job (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Ashley tp dj

    Hire me bc im sweet funny love music need a job can do anything and will do anything.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012


    I have been a Sinclair Fan forever. I enjoy that his female figures are strong. Free Air and Kingsblood Royal are my favorites. His books are a nice change.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2005

    Even in 1915 you could not keep a good woman down.

    Sinclair Lewis's 1917 novel, THE JOB, spans ten years 1905 - 1915. The heroine is Miss Una Golden. At tale's beginning she is 24 in Panama, Pennsylvania. She had completed high school at 17 and taught 'two miserable terms' at the district school. She then continued living with her parents, keeping house and doing unsystematic reading. Her father is now about to die unexpectedly. He was a small-time lawyer. 'His entire system of theology was comprised in the Bible, which he never read, and the Methodist Church, which he rarely attended' (Ch. I) *** After her father's death, Una took charge and moved with her mother to New York City to find work. The rest of the story is about Una's determination both to find romantic love with a good man and to make a man's career for herself in business. Most of the jobs she has are stenographic, secretarial and sometimes lightly office-managerial. She begins what would later be called 'networking' as early as some courses which she took with other men and women at a commercial college. Her first job brought her $8/ week. *** There is little romance in her business world. 'It is a world whose crises you cannot comprehend unless you have learned that the difference between a 2-A pencil and a 2-B pencil is at least equal to the contrast between London and Tibet' (Ch. IV). In a work week ending at noon on Saturday, 'Thursday ... is the three P.M. of the week' (Ch. X), i.e., the day when everyone slumps. Bosses (all male) all think that they have their sly secret tricks for enforcing discipline, but all the girls know and discuss them. *** In her second job, with a small-scale architect, Una made $13/week, becoming steadily more thoughtful about her work. 'She had real satisfaction in the game of work -- in winning points and tricks -- in doing her work briskly and well, in helping [her boss] Mr. Wilkins to capture clients' (Ch. X). She began listening carefully to endless discussions of Women in Business' (Ch. XI). Once when WIlkins was out sick, Una ran the office notably well. She also made some good women friends 'with whom to play, with whom to talk and hate the powers' (Ch. XI). *** When in 1909 she read in a trade magazine that a former boss was now advertising manager for the great drug and toilet goods firm Pemberton's, Una took the initiative to write him and became his secretary. While waiting to start at Pemberton's she 'temped' for two weeks at a company that jobbed iron beds. The partners were white- bearded Orthodox Jews. They were merry, kind -- and this was new to Una -- 'they were not omniscient rulers, but merely elder fellow- workers' (Ch XIV). At last, she experienced an office which was 'a joyous adventure.' *** In late 1912 Una was 31. Thanks to networking with a Jewish girl friend, Una became confidential secretary to the senior partner of a real estate company focused on developing the suburbs of New York CIty. It was a good, low-stress office. She developed the habit of working late. She injected deliberate friendship into working with 'ordinary stenographers' (Ch. XVIII). From a free- lance, relatively impoverished aristocratic young woman New York realtor, Una deliberately sought and received tips on how to move real estate. And Una also read into the field. She boldly asked for a chance to sell land to a difficult married couple and succeeded where all the men had failed. With this new self-confidence, Una then wheedled the chance to have her own office for the company in a new development on Long Island, where she did very well from March 1914 to late 1915. She then parlayed this triumph into a new $2,500/year job within her firm as its first women's sales manager. *** We last see Una at the end of a carefully planned campaign in which she has studied a new, innovative chain of hotels, done field

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