Item #67976 Elmer Gantry. Sinclair LEWIS.
Elmer Gantry
Elmer Gantry

First Edition, First State

Elmer Gantry.

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1927.

New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., Inc., [1927].

First edition, first issue binding (with “Cantry” spelled incorrectly on spine). With an inscription card tipped in on dedication page reading "-To Louis/Emerson, with/the greetings of/Sinclair Lewis." 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. Spine lightly rubbed. Some minor shelf wear to spine extremities and corners. Previous owner's tiny book plate tipped in on front free endpaper. Overall a very good copy.

"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.


HBS 67976


Price: $1,250.00

Item #67976