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by Sinclair Lewis

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ISBN:
0606006052
Author:
Sinclair Lewis
Category:
Humor
Language:
English
Publisher:
Demco Media (February 1, 1978)
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Author Sinclair Lewis is known for his detailed, intimate depictions of every day characters living their daily lives, their nuances and foibles, so many characters that the variety is impressive.

Author Sinclair Lewis is known for his detailed, intimate depictions of every day characters living their daily lives, their nuances and foibles, so many characters that the variety is impressive. Reverend-to-be Elmer Gantry though rises above the everyday, but not the routine. This tale is told in what feels like could be two books, maybe two and quarter.

Stunning in its prescience, "Elmer Gantry" never fails to astonish and entertain. Sinclair Lewis is a master of personality exploration with the most amazing insight. Sinclair Lewis is a master of personality exploration with the most amazing insight

Elmer Gantry is a satirical novel written by Sinclair Lewis in 1926 that presents aspects of the religious activity of America in fundamentalist and evangelistic circles and the attitudes of the 1920s public toward it. The novel's protagonist, . .

Elmer Gantry is a satirical novel written by Sinclair Lewis in 1926 that presents aspects of the religious activity of America in fundamentalist and evangelistic circles and the attitudes of the 1920s public toward it. The novel's protagonist, the Reverend Dr. Elmer Gantry, is initially attracted by booze and easy money (though he eventually renounces tobacco and alcohol) and chasing women

In 1930, following Elmer Gantry (1927) and Dodsworth (1929), Sinclair Lewis became the first American author to be awarded the Nobel Prize for distinction in world literature.

In 1930, following Elmer Gantry (1927) and Dodsworth (1929), Sinclair Lewis became the first American author to be awarded the Nobel Prize for distinction in world literature. This was the apogee of his literary career, and in the period from Ann Vickers (1933) to the posthumously published World So Wide (1951) Lewis wrote ten novels that reveal the progressive decline of his creative powers. From Main Street to Stockholm, a collection of his letters, was published in 1952, and The Man from Main Street, a collection of essays, in 1953. During his last years Sinclair Lewis wandered extensively.

Elmer Gantry is the portrait of a silver-tongued evangelist who rises to power within his church, yet lives a life of hypocrisy, sensuality, and ruthless self-indulgence.

The portrait of an evangelist who rises to power within his church. Elmer Gantry is the portrait of a silver-tongued evangelist who rises to power within his church, yet lives a life of hypocrisy, sensuality, and ruthless self-indulgence. The title character starts out as a greedy, shallow, philandering Baptist minister, turns to evangelism, and eventually becomes the leader of a large Methodist congregation.

Elmer Gantry is the portrait of a silver-tongued evangelist who rises to power within his church, yet lives a life of hypocrisy . Throughout the novel, Gantry encounters fellow religious hypocrites.

Elmer Gantry (1927) aroused intense controversy with its brutal depiction of a hypocritical preacher in relentless pursuit .

Elmer Gantry (1927) aroused intense controversy with its brutal depiction of a hypocritical preacher in relentless pursuit of worldly pleasure and power. Through his satiric examination of evangelical religion, Lewis captures the growing cultural and political tension during the 1920s between the forces of secularism and fundamentalism. Gantry, with his glib eloquence and behind-the-scenes self-indulgence, has become an archetypal figure in American culture.

Elmer Gantry is sermonizing once again in the United States, and Lewis, once again, is relevant. ELMER GANTRY BURST INTO AMERIcan bookshops in 1927 and became the year's best-selling novel. He was, to be sure, an agnostic, and an intensely secular partisan whose rendering of the fundamentalist devout was brutal.

A vulgar and licentious college football captain becomes a messenger of God as a suave evangelist preacher
  • Unnis
This book, written early in the 20th century and considered a classic, is still a relevant read today. It is full of mostly evangelical religious leaders exhibiting varying degrees of hypocrisy, together with their commercial enablers who are “in on the joke” and wink at their bad behavior and worldliness.

This may not move quickly enough for those who like a fast-paced novel, but the character portraits are painted quite deliberately and are satisfyingly complex. Although the book slowed down briefly just a few times, I enjoyed it.

The early part of the 20th century was full of evangelical activity. For many, a mental picture of this time in US history will prominently feature things like the tent revival and “fire and brimstone” preachers who sounded like carnival barkers. Most of these people are already viewed by the public as hypocrites and frauds, especially so if they happen not to live in or near the more evangelical parts of the country (i.e., the “Bible Belt”). For those, these people will have their opinions confirmed, and as one reviewer noted, it by and large tells the story of the bad side, including very little of the good. In fact, those few that struggle to follow their better impulses seem to suffer mentally tortured existences.

Most readers (rightfully, in my opinion) tend to judge Elmer as the archetypal hypocrite and fraudster. Those readers are of course judging him from a religious standpoint. However, it is not picked up on that Elmer would not be judged a particularly evil human being, were it not for the fact that he had chosen to take to the pulpit and thus become a hypocrite—this is his true evil. Although he is a serial philanderer, and shows a tendency to become rude and inconsiderate to those women whose company he eventually tires of, most of his other behaviors put him squarely near the norms of male society of the time. In fact, although he was a heavy drinker and a smoker early on, he eventually took a vow to given them up, and stuck with it. He occasionally feels genuine remorse for one action or another, even when not getting caught or suffering a bad consequence. Today we would probably say that he just has “poor impulse control” and let it go, except for the fact that he is a hypocrite and tries to tell others to live by a standard that he himself cannot live up to.

I am not a literature professor, and much has already been written elsewhere about this classic that I cannot capably add to. Worth noting is that my edition of the novel included a worthwhile 10-page Afterward by Mark Schorer of UC Berkeley, which was a good, accessible discussion of the novel and its main themes and points. Among other things, it explains why the last third of the novel seems to be a bit more hastily constructed than the rest.
  • Landarn
Just finished the book. Couldn't hardly put it down (reading it of course on my Kindle DX) !! Some time ago, I watched the movie with Burt Reynolds, Jean Simmons, et. al., which focuses on mainly the Falconer episode, and as is often the case given the medium, despite arguably the movie's excellence, far more given to necessary brevity and lack of nuance than the written novel. Indeed, Sinclair's novel is far more extensive, and sadly, in its treatment of Gantry's ambitious hypocrisy and use of religion to achieve his vain ambition, it could well be argued to be equally if not more applicable to the current situation in the U.S. of A., greatly exacerbated since Lewis's day by television, with the assorted crop of fundamentalist evangelists with million dollar mansions, private jets, Rolls Royce autos, living the life of the 'rich and famous' (I except Billy Graham, who I feel has always been sincere and conducted himself honorably, and I am sure that there are many other Christian evangelists and ministers equally sincere, following the teachings of Jesus, who said in Matt. 19:24 "And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God".)
And whoever thought back in the 1960's when I was young that the 'Religious Right', which appears to be comprised mainly of hard-line doctrinaire fundamentalist ideologues, would have taken over the Republican Party & gridlocked the U.S. Congress (tea party-- compromise inherent to the democratic process not permitted), which seems to be the case? As to the novel itself, I concur with a comment made by one reviewer, if I understand him correctly, that there is one place I would have liked to have seen Lewis pursue. That's where at the end of Chapter XVII, Gantry visits Andrew Pengilly, who appears a genuine Christian, and after Gantry gives his self-serving monologue as to all the great work he's doing, Pengilly asks "Mr. Gantry, why don't you believe in God?", having perceived the Rev. Dr. Elmer Gantry for what he was. I would have liked to have seen the author allow Gantry to respond to that question and a subsequent dialogue between Pengilly and Gantry on this rather central point. So rather incredibly, although written in 1927, the novel is amazingly equally applicable in the main to America in 2015. Finally, I have always found it rather incomprehensible and indeed tragic that so many millions of seemingly otherwise good and intelligent people (referred to as 'the flock', like sheep) can be taken in by the crafty ilk of ambitious hypocritical ideologues illustrated by the character of the Reverend Dr. Elmer Gantry, D.D. & by their contemporary and perhaps even more insidious manifestations. Respectfully Submitted, Harvey
  • DABY
Stunning in its prescience, "Elmer Gantry" never fails to astonish and entertain. Sinclair Lewis is a master of personality exploration with the most amazing insight. Here he accurately predicts the hypocritical behavior of the Christian evangelists who have emerged to bilk the gullible and trusting people of the American Heartland, decades before the emergence of the corrupt charlatans such as the disgraced Jimmy Swaggart, Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker, L. Ron Hubbard and Herbert W. Armstrong, Lewis's fictional misanthropist rogue, with astonishing accuracy, depicts his fictional Elmer Gantry. Like an evil Pied Piper, or Donald Trump, he mesmerizes his believers into bankruptcy, both financial and moral.
Lewis is a master at delving into the motives and methods of these dastardly demons of demagoguery. His tongue firmly in cheek, Lewis follows Gantry as he seduces both men and women without the slightest hint of remorse. Quite the opposite; he gloats in his triumphs as he makes his way up the church hierarchy without the slightest qualms. His skills of oratory and persuasion bring all he comes in contact with into the web of deceit he weaves so successfully. The characters who recognize Gantry's lack of integrity are skillfully brushed aside by the charming preacher, who tells people exactly what they want to hear. This man could literally sell ice boxes to eskimos.
The book is an eye-opener; If students could read and understand what Lewis portrays, the U.S. might be a better, more rational country.

It would be ever so much less frightening were it not so real.