His next important book, elmer gantry (1927), was an attack on the ignorant, gross, and predatory leaders who had crept into the protestant church dodsworth (1929), concerning the experiences of a retired big businessman and his wife on a european tour, offered lewis a chance to contrast american and european values and the very different. Harry sinclair lewis was born on february 7, 1885 in sauk centre, minnesota his parents were edwin and emma lewis, and he had 2 older brothers, fred and claude elmer gantry pokes fun at. Sinclair lewis - elmer gantry - 1st 1st original dj 1927 - author main street upton sinclair books books upton sinclair upton sinclair hardcover books feedback.
Elmer gantry (20th century classics) by lewis, sinclair paperback book the fast see more like this. Sinclair lewis' ferocious 1927 satire, elmer gantry, traces the career of a young man who is sent to a theological seminary by his pious mother but initially has no interest in becoming a minister indeed, his reputation for drinking and carousing with women is so notorious he earns the nickname hellcat. Elmer gantry is dedicated to lewis' friend and booster hl mencken, a writer who covered both the scopes trial and the 1928 campaign between republican herbert hoover and democrat al smith looking back at mencken's writing about that campaign today elicits a palpable shock of recognition.
Lewis followed main street with a string of successful novels, including babbitt (1922), arrowsmith (1925), elmer gantry (1927), and dodsworth (1929) these novels established his reputation as witty satirist of american culture. The character elmer gantry is righteous, strident, repetitive, hypocritical and a lot of other things none of which are complementary, and for me, that was the problem with the book the flat and one dimensional characters that inhibit sinclair lewis novels and especially the constant hammering of his message. Elmer gantry can be seen as a study in hypocrisy but what, for me, made it interesting was the way lewis added real complexity and subtlety to the character of elmer most of the time i found his double standards, cruelty, philistinism and intolerance completely deplorable. Once again, sinclair lewis engulfed me this is the fourth of his works that i have read (elmer gantry, main street and babbit being the others) and although i didn't like arrowsmith quite as much as those three, i still couldn't put it downunlike so many novelists, lewis' endings are impossible to predict.
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 every book ships for free. The book, elmer gantry, 1927, by sinclair lewis, is a much more in depth study of faulty personalities and of fanaticism, hypocrisy, and the gullibility of the public, than the movie elmer was a morally corrupt evangelist, who seduced, corrupted, and ruined devout but lusty women in his psychopathic quest of hedonism. Book review - elmer gantry by sinclair lewis there's an old maxim declaring, napoleon is the limit of a madman meaning that no person could reach a level of insanity greater than the emperor's.
Today 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. Elmer gantry was itself based on less than 100 pages from an ahead-of-its-time novel by sinclair lewis (released in 1926) but where lewis is satirical, edgy, angry, funny and resolutely anti-christian, brooks' film is kinder, gentler, ambiguous and scared of offending christian audiences. 1 elmer gantry it can't happen here babbitt main street dodsworth arrowsmith sinclair lewis the first four references are part of the language the next two are known to many, while the last name has a certain trivial pursuit resonance yet how many know it is the name of the writer who wrote elmer gantry, [.
Kindle store buy a kindle free kindle reading apps kindle books french ebooks kindle singles accessories content and devices kindle support buy a kindle free kindle. Early left a widow by logan gantry, dealer in feed, flour, lumber, and agricultural implements, a large and agreeable man given to debts and whisky, she had supported herself and elmer by sewing, trimming hats, baking bread, and selling milk. Elmer gantry [sinclair lewis] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a satirical novel written that presents aspects of the religious activity of america in fundamentalist and evangelistic circles and the attitudes of the 1920s public toward it.
Sinclair lewis biography bookmark this page manage my reading list as one reads babbitt , one is continually aware of sinclair lewis' fierce anger with america's mediocrity, a mediocrity usually expressed by a multitude of clichés. Elmer gantry, best known to classmates as hell-cat, had, this autumn of 1902, been football captain and led the best team terwillinger college had known in ten years they had won the championship of the east-middle kansas conference, which con. The name sinclair lewis is not bandied about much these days some of the nobel-winning author's novels from the 1920s — main street, babbitt, arrowsmith, elmer gantry — were household names in their day, but they're largely ignored now. Elmer gantry (dvd) : one man's fervent pursuit of wealth and power leads him to religion for profit in the evangelist tents of the 1920's midwestern corn belt.
Among these were babbitt, arrowsmith, elmer gantry, and the fascinating and satirical idea of fascism coming to america, it can't happen here many of his works were adapted for films, including a disney animated movie. Elmer gantry enhanced its author's reputation among critics and thus contributed to his reception of the nobel prize for literature in 1930—the first american writer to do so first issue , with cantry on book spine. Elmer gantry has been called the greatest, most vital, and most penetrating study of hypocrisy that has been written since voltaire a study guide for sinclair lewis s elmer gantry author by : gale, cengage learning. Elmer gantry by lewis, sinclair and a great selection of similar used, new and collectible books available now at abebookscouk elmer gantry by sinclair lewis, first edition - abebooks abebookscouk passion for books.