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Elmer Gantry (Signet Classics)

ISBN13: 9780451530752
ISBN: 0451530756
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
List Price: $7.95
Publisher: Signet Classics
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Pages: 496
Average Goodreads rating: 3.99/5 (150 ratings)

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.