A review of sinclair lewis elmer gantry

Whyn't you pick on somebody your own size, you big stiff!

Sinclair Lewis

InLewis went to Hollywood to work on a script with Dore Scharywho had just resigned as executive head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's low-budget film department to concentrate on writing and producing his own films.

When Elmer, as a Freshman just arrived from the pool-halls and frame high school of Paris, Kansas, had begun to learn the decorum of amour, he had been a boisterous lout who looked shamefaced in the presence of gay ladies, who blundered against tables, who shouted and desired to let the world know how valiantly vicious he was being.

Unless you were a stranger, when she presented as a pious, charming, lovely woman.

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Jim had a resolute tenor, and as to Elmer Gantry, even more than his bulk, his thick black hair, his venturesome black eyes, you remembered that arousing barytone.

You might as well go find a nice little fight and get it out of your system! We have come together to celebrate this book, the revelation of eternal truth, showing the sins of man in his most hideous shape!

The debating set urged him to join them, but they were rabbit-faced and spectacled young men, and he viewed as obscene the notion of digging statistics about immigration and the products of San Domingo out of dusty spotted books in the dusty spotted library.

Nerve of him, trying to lead me up to any mourners' bench! She did not try in any way to shorten her life, but three days after Julien, she died while hugging her children. Eddie was soaring into enchanted eloquence: Whadja take a sneak for?

There were so many lines that he had to read three or four times before they made sense, and there was so much stuff about Italy and all those wop countries.

Damn these co-eds here. There is so much more to be said about this book, which is not without weaknesses. Jim was studying German, tilted back in an elegant position of ease, with his legs cocked up on the desk tablet of the escritoire.


His legs moved by themselves, without effort. A huge young man, Elmer Gantry; six foot one, thick, broad, big handed; a large face, handsome as a Great Dane is handsome, and a swirl of black hair, worn rather long.

One is the brutally lame ending to the movie. Michael Hulse Abraham slept. Chapter 39 Literary significance and criticism[ edit ] Some of Lewis's contemporaries said the novel was too bleak, even humorless, in its conveyance of ignorant small-town life and people.

Once Lefferts is through with his thought, the pencil has been sharpened to a fine point and his thoughts are ready for print. Work on that novel continued through mid, when he completed Main Streetwhich was published on October 23, The president, old Quarles--quarrels is right, by golly, ha, ha, ha!

The station was a greasy wooden box, the platform was thick with slush, under the kerosene lights. A Broadway play by Patrick Kearney opened on 7 August at the Playhouse Theatre, where it ran for 48 performances.


It was a golden relief when the train bumped to a stop at Gritzmacher Springs. What else have we got except religion to give us hope--" "Praise the Lord, oh, bless his name! He was near the inner door. By scurrying behind trees he managed to come face to face with Elmer on the campus.

Elmer Gantry

His expression indicated that he had been wronged and that he wanted to do something about it, if he could only find out what had happened. Oh, Brother, be not afraid!In filming Sinclair Lewis’ contentious study of a scandalous evangelist, Elmer Gantry, Richard Brooks has framed a big story and bold religioso subject for the old-fashioned rectangular.

Today 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.4/5(18).

Sinclair Lewis (God rest his soul) certainly knew his topic.

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He gives an inside story of the way tent meetings were organised in the mid-west of America in the early part of the last century. Elmer Gantry is a conniving, hipocrite much like many of the fundamental evangelists who are still doing the rounds today.

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InSinclair Lewis wrote Elmer Gantry, a fictional novel about a minister who is a hypocrite. The book was ranked as the number one fictional bestseller in /5(). The American Book Review's Best Last Lines from Novels.

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