Lewis: Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry: Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, Dodsworth

Lewis: Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry: Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, Dodsworth

by Sinclair Lewis
     
 

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

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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 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 exposé 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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Library Journal
Published from 1925 through 1929, these represent some of Lewis's most noted works. His novels can be deceiving, as the simplicity of the style belies the seriousness of his subject. This combo offers an affordable means of stocking high-quality, scholarly editions for a nice price. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781931082082
Publisher:
Library of America
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Series:
Library of America Series
Pages:
1346
Sales rank:
1,125,944
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.63(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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