Elmer Gantry (Paperback)

Author: Lewis, Sinclair

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A vulgar and licentious college football captain becomes a messenger of God as a suave evangelist preacher, in this classic story that is universally recognized as a landmark in American literature. Reissue. *Author: Lewis, Sinclair *Series Title: Signet Classics *Publication Date: 2007/12/04 *Number of Pages: 469 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 6.50 *Height: 4.00


Publisher New Amer Library Classics
Mfg Part# 9780451530752
SKU 204585012
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0451530756
Release Date 12/4/2007
Author Info
Sinclair Lewis
Lewis, the son of a doctor, was born in the small Minnesota town he later reinvented in his novel MAIN STREET. He tried to enlist in the Spanish-American War when he was 13, but was brought back home by his distraught parents. He attended the local public schools, after which he went to Yale, where he never really felt accepted. He left in 1906 without a degree to work at Helicon Hall, Upton Sinclair's Utopian community, followed by an impulsive interlude when he traveled to Panama hoping (in vain) to help build the canal. He returned to Yale, however, and finally graduated in 1908. He then spent several years working at odd jobs and writing for newspapers as he traveled the U.S. He also began to write fiction, most of it negligible. In the 1920s he began to produce the handful of novels that would ensure his place in literary history, beginning with MAIN STREET (1920), which was enormously successful, selling hundreds of thousands of copies; it was followed by BABBITT (1922), ARROWSMITH (1925), ELMER GANTRY (1927), and DODSWORTH (1929), most of them satirical critiques of American middle-class complacency. All these novels were popular best-sellers, and contributed to America's postwar de-sentimentalized view of itself. After he became a literary lion, Lewis taught at Midwestern universities. He was married and divorced twice; his second wife was the well-known newspaperwoman Dorothy Thompson. When he became ill, in his mid-60s, he moved to Italy, where he died at 65 of heart disease. Lewis was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1930 "for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humour, new types of characters." Lewis famously described himself as "a dull fellow whose virtue--if there is any--is to be found in his books."
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Annotation Elmer Gantry, the hero of Sinclair Lewis's satire of fundamentalist religion, is not unlike today's corrupt and greedy TV evangelists. A charlatan and womanizer, Gantry begins as a Baptist, and rises to become the head of a Methodist church. Lewis's novel, which scandalized the churchgoing public when it was published in 1927, reveals the hypocrisy he found in organized religion.
Editors Note Possibly the best student of hypocrisy since Voltaire This portrait of a golden-tongued evangelist-who lives a life of hypocrisy, sensuality, and self-indulgence-is also the chronicle of a reign of vulgarity, which but for Lewis would have left no record of itself.
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Book Format Pocketbook
Number of Pages 0496
Publisher Signet Classics

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