Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis 1927
Harcourt, Brace And Company, Inc., 1927, 432 pgs, Dark blue cloth boards with title and author in orange and blue on front and spine. Gantry on spine is spelled with a "G". Book is in VG condition. Boards have bowed somewhat over the years but show very little rubbing or scuffing. Orange background behind lettering is still very bright. Binding is still sound and straight, though cracked at front gutter. There is some crimping to the cloth at head and toe of spine but does not appear torn. Very light edge wear, with some bumping to top corners and bottom corners have curled in. Pages are complete, intact and unmarked With the exception of the first page next to inside cover (blank). It is marked by a child (picture shown).
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.
Fair vintage condition.
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