Elmer Gantry

Elmer Gantry

Book - 1979
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Sinclair Lewis' world-famous satire of religious hypocrisy and the excesses of the Roaring ʼ20s.

Universally recognized as a landmark in American literature, Elmer Gantry scandalized readers when it was first published, causing Sinclair Lewis to be "invited" to a jail cell in New Hampshire and to his own lynching in Virginia. His portrait of a golden-tongued evangelist who rises to power within his church--a saver of souls who lives a life of duplicity, sensuality, and ruthless self-indulgence--is also the record of a period, a reign of grotesque vulgarity, which but for Lewis would have left no trace of itself. Elmer Gantry has been called the greatest, most vital, and most penetrating study of hypocrisy that has been written since the works of Voltaire.

With an introduction by Jason Stevens
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : R. Bentley, 1979, c1927
ISBN: 9780451530752
9780837604411
0837604419
Call Number: F LEWIS SI
Characteristics: 432 p. ; 22 cm

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Banned in Boston, Massachusetts, Kansas City, Missouri, Camden, New Jersey and other US cities at the time of its initial publication due to it's depiction of a hypocritical preacher.


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lukasevansherman
Dec 07, 2013

I just watched the Burt Lancaster film (he won an Oscar for playing the title character) and decided to pick this up. Lewis isn't read much anymore, but he was the first American to win the Nobel Prize. He also won a Pulitzer, which he turned down. Many of his books are "social" or satiric novels and as such, have date somewhat. He writes in a plainspoken, realistic style and while religious hypocrisy and hysteria is a worthy target, I'm not sure he goes far enough, even though this generated controversy when it came out. Also check out "Babbitt" and "Arrowsmith."

lebibb Nov 04, 2013

Do you have a cd audio book recording od Elmer Gantry.

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