This audiobook, read by Anthony Heald, is the Winner of the 2009 Audie® Award for Best Literary Fiction. Elmer Gantry is the portrait of a silver-tongued evangelist who rises to power within his church, yet lives a life of hypocrisy, sensuality, and ruthless self-indulgence. The title character starts out as a greedy, shallow, philandering Baptist minister, turns to evangelism, and eventually becomes the leader of a large Methodist congregation. Throughout the novel, Gantry encounters fellow religious hypocrites. Although often exposed as a fraud, Gantry is never fully discredited.When Elmer Gantry was published in 1927, it created a public furor. The book was banned in Boston and other cities, and there were threats of physical violence against the author.
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HARRY SINCLAIR LEWIS (1885-1951), born in Minnesota, attended Yale University, where he was editor of the literary magazine. After a few of his stories had appeared in magazines and his first novel, Our Mr. Wrenn (1914), had been published, he was able to write full time. He was awarded the 1926 Pulitzer Prize for Arrowsmith (1925) but refused to accept this honor. However, he did accept the Nobel Prize awarded him in 1930.From AudioFile:
Lewis's classic story of a corrupt and cynical evangelical preacher would seem torn from the pages of current newspapers if the dialogue weren't surprisingly dated. Elmer Gantry is charismatic without being likable, which makes voicing him a tricky business for Anthony Heald. His Elmer is an ambitious, self-righteous sociopath, whose timbre betrays no trace of conscience, self-doubt, regret, or sympathy for others, even at the beginning of his career. Heald's pacing, his accents, his narrative drive are all excellent, although his women tend to sound the same, mostly breathy, credulous ninnies. It may be that that's all there was on the page, but with no character growth in sight, the dispiriting effect is of one jarring note overwhelming the music from beginning to end. B.G. 2009 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Chapitre.com - Impression à la demande, 1861. Paperback. Book Condition: NEUF. - Genre : technologies : sciences médicales, médecine Print on Demand. Bookseller Inventory # 2691433222138