Arrowsmith / Elmer Gantry / Dodsworth

Sinclair Lewis Richard R. Lingeman

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Arrowsmith / Elmer Gantry / Dodsworth

Arrowsmith Elmer Gantry Dodsworth Written at the height of his powers in the s the three novels in this volume continue the vigorous unmasking of American middle class life begun by Sinclair Lewis in Main Street and Babbitt In Ar

  • Title: Arrowsmith / Elmer Gantry / Dodsworth
  • Author: Sinclair Lewis Richard R. Lingeman
  • ISBN: 9781931082082
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Written at the height of his powers in the 1920s, the three novels in this volume continue the vigorous unmasking of American middle class life begun by Sinclair Lewis in Main Street and Babbitt In Arrowsmith 1925 Lewis portrays the medical career of Martin Arrowsmith, a physician who finds his commitment to the ideals of his profession tested by the cynicism and opportWritten at the height of his powers in the 1920s, the three novels in this volume continue the vigorous unmasking of American middle class life begun by Sinclair Lewis in Main Street and Babbitt In Arrowsmith 1925 Lewis portrays the medical career of Martin Arrowsmith, a physician who finds his commitment to the ideals of his profession tested by the cynicism and opportunism he encounters in private practice, public health work, and scientific research The novel reaches its climax as its hero faces his greatest challenges amid a deadly outbreak of plague on a Caribbean island.Elmer Gantry 1927 aroused intense controversy with its brutal depiction of a hypocritical preacher in relentless pursuit of worldly pleasure and power Through his satiric expos of American religion, Lewis captured the growing cultural and political tension in the 1920s between the forces of secularism and fundamentalism.Dodsworth 1929 follows Sam Dodsworth, a wealthy, retired Midwestern automobile manufacturer, as he travels through Europe with his increasingly restless wife, Fran The novel intimately explores the unraveling of their marriage, while pitting the proud heritage of European culture against the rude vigor of American commercialism.

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    1. Paul Childs on said:

      I got this from the library because I wanted to read Dodsworth, which I had never found in print before. I was hoping it would be as good as Arrowsmith and Elmer Gantry had been.Have had the book for almost 2 months now and I don't think it will be finished when it gets back to the library. I am having trouble getting into it. The main characters don't seem to be as interesting as in his other books, so it is harder to be interested in what is going to happen next.I don't dislike the book, but w [...]

    2. Annette on said:

      Wow! This book was "required reading" (along with ALL THE KING'S MEN) for the right to vote in America according to a WASHINGTON POST blogger (Kathleen Parker, October 16, 2011 12:00 AM) She was blasting the Texas preacher that decried Romney's right to run for president because he was Mormon. Elmer Gantry reveals the extremes in religious corruption--corruption brought on by the progressive addictions to power and money, i.e. priestcraft. The end of the book was a surprise, in a way, but true t [...]

    3. Barbara Greene on said:

      Only read Elmer Gantry, but this was the only version I found on . Saw the movie many years ago and Mark said the book was a good read. I could not help but think of Bill Clinton. Charismatic personality with great needs for love. This book was also a good take on the role of religion in the early 20th century.

    4. Scott on said:

      Tour-de-force of American popular religion. As true today as when it was written. Only the names have changed and the elements of religion are mixed into new combinations of the the same old stuff. The author's probing of his character's psyches is relevant today. I first saw the movie in 1960, and it stayed with me. Now that I have read the book, I understand more my own spiritual missteps.

    5. Kathy on said:

      Elmer Gantry: Exploration of religion (specifically Fundamentalism), belief and manipulation with sarcasm and sly humor. Written in the mid 1920s, issues like the role of religion in politics and the fallibility of those loudest in proclaiming their morality are issues we still talk about now. It would have been a much better read if it were much shorter.

    6. Cassandra on said:

      Can't help but feel that Dodsworth was written to satisfy a bet Sinclair Lewis made with himself: "Can I, in ~85 years, provoke Cassandra de Kanter of Steilacoom, Washington, to root for the dissolution of a marriage and for the abiding happiness of a wealthy industrialist?" And, damn it, he could.

    7. Lynne on said:

      I only read Dodsworth.ow to start, but I really "got into" this story. I was never bored with the details and Lewis did a wonderful job of telling the story through Sam Dodsworth's thoughts. Well done. Great writing.

    8. Jeff on said:

      Truly horrifying book about Christian ministry that carefully chronicles several ages of my pastoral hypocrisy. Should be required reading for all Bible college and seminary students. Thanks to Dustin Bagby for the recommendation.

    9. Amanda Raab on said:

      Elmer Gantry only - but despite some loose plot threads, loved the writing, loved Lewis' voice. If the library didn't need it back I'd tackle the other novels.

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