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eBook Elmer Gantry (Signet classics) epub
  • ISBN: 0451516532
  • Author: Sinclair Lewis
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Classics
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Signet Classics; First Printing edition (February 1, 1967)
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • ePUB size: 1927 kb
  • FB2 size 1637 kb
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I just finished this classic novel by Sinclair Lewis. Elmer Gantry is Sinclair Lewis' masterpiece no matter what anyone says.

I just finished this classic novel by Sinclair Lewis. I have owned this book for decades but only recently decided now is the time to read it. It is a look at the morals of a church man, Elmer Gantry, who chooses to go into the ministry because he figures it would be easier than to get a degree and become a lawyer. Every page still rings true in the 21st century.

Sinclair Lewis was born in 1885 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, and graduated from Yale University in 1908

Sinclair Lewis was born in 1885 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, and graduated from Yale University in 1908. His college career was interrupted by various part-time occupations, including a period working at the Helicon Home Colony, Upton Sinclair’s socialist experiment in New Jersey.

Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis. Elmer Gantry, long tedious and really cynical. Elmer Gantry’, Sinclair Lewis. Arte de hipocresía moralista, tratado de uso del puritanismo religioso para disfrazar una personalidad débil. The opera was in my opinion better than the book. Sinclair Lewis Book Cover Art Book Cover Design Book Art Book Design Book Covers Vintage Graphic Design Graphic Design Typography Elmer Gantry. Elmer Gantry" Sinclair Lewis Cover by Maciej Hibner Published by Wydawnictwo Iskry 1959. What others are saying.

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 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

Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry (Signet Classics). Although this book was scandalous at the time, it feels its age now. The novel still stands, however, as a record of a grotesquely decadent period in American history.

Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry (Signet Classics). Sinclair Lewis won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1930, the first American to do so, "for his ability to create, with wit and humour, new types of characters". This is Lewis' "preacher novel" and concerns the gamboling fraudster Elmer Gantry's fluctuating success within the clergy. Although entertaining enough, Lewis' Elmer Gantry lacks any real depth; a single drum banged loudly and repeatedly. Wallace Earle Stegner, The Spectator Bird (Penguin Classics).

Harry Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), the son of a country doctor, was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. THE LIBRARY OF AMERICA has just come out with ARROWSMITH, ELMER GANTRY and DODSWORTH in one volume

Harry Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), the son of a country doctor, was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. After a few of his stories had appeared in magazines and his first novel, Our Mr. Wrenn (1914), had been published, he was able to write full time. THE LIBRARY OF AMERICA has just come out with ARROWSMITH, ELMER GANTRY and DODSWORTH in one volume. They put out MAIN STREET and BABBITT in one volume a few years ago.

The first American to win the Nobel Prize for literature, Sinclair Lewis was a busy and popular writer whose novels chronicle the social history of his time and constitute what Maxwell Geismar called "a remarkable diary of the middle class mind in America. The work that won him the Nobel Prize was a group of novels that realistically depicted various aspects of American life.

by. Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951. Rev. and updated bibliography. New York : New American Library. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Reprint of the ed. published by Harcourt, Brace, New York. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by Tracey Gutierres on December 16, 2013.

Sinclair Lewis was born in 1885 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, and graduated from Yale University in 1908. His college career was interrupted by various part-time occupations, including a period working at the Helicon Home Colony, Upton Sinclair's socialist experiment in New Jersey. But with the publication of Main Street (1920), which sold half a million copies, he achieved wide recognition.

The portrait of an evangelist who rises to power within his church.
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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.
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
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.
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