Signed by Lewis and in Publisher's Dust Jacket
LEWIS, Sinclair. Elmer Gantry. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company , 1927.
First edition, second issue binding (with “Gantry” spelled correctly on spine). Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Octavo (7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; 189 x 133 mm). [viii], 1-432 pp.

Original blue cloth. Front board and spine stamped and lettered in orange. Fore-edge uncut. In publisher's dust jacket. Jacket with some very minor rubbing to spine. Jacket with price intact, but corners clipped. Small bookseller label on rear paste down. Overall a near fine book in a near fine dust jacket.

"Elmer Gantry (1927) attacked hypocrisy in the church. Gantry begins his career as a relatively sincere divinity student who is troubled by his strong sexual nature, but he becomes a hypocritical minister and, later, a jackleg traveling evangelist. Some ministers of the day approved of the book as an attack on genuine abuses within their profession, and literary gadfly H. L. Mencken praised its satire of corrupt fundamentalism. Many critics, however, viewed the book as obscene and its satire as overdone." (American Dictionary of National Biography). Lewis was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930, just three years after the publication on Elmer Gantry.

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HBS # 67991 $2,500