Elmer Gantry

Elmer Gantry

by Sinclair Lewis

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Overview

English summary: French translation of Sinclair Lewiss classic parody and critique of early twentieth-century American religiosity. French description: Elmer Gantry (introuvable en librairie depuis des annees) est le livre qui valut a Sinclair Lewis, le Nobel de litterature en 1930: un prix qui fit grincer des dents toute l'Amerique, severement epinglee pour son conformisme et son hypocrisie. Les cinephiles ont encore en memoire l'interpretation de Burt Lancaster a l'ecran, dans le role d'Elmer. Les annees ont passe et ce recit picaresque, dans la lignee des grands classiques anglo-saxons du genre, loin de nous parler d'une epoque qui s'efface dans les limbes du siecle (les Annees folles, le crime organise, les premiers predicateurs mediatiques ), nous renvoie directement a la notre. Une sympathique canaille, qui n'a pour lui qu'un culot monstre, une belle gueule et une jolie voix de baryton, decide de faire commerce dans la religion... et finit eveque d'une des plus severes eglises protestantes du pays. On assiste a son irresistible ascension, tandis qu'un frisson nous parcourt l'echine: rien n'a vraiment change.

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ISBN-13: 9781499558838
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sinclair Lewis was born in 1885 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, and graduated from Yale University in 1908. His college career was interrupted by various part-time occupations, including a period working at the Helicon Home Colony, Upton Sinclair’s socialist experiment in New Jersey. He worked for some years as a free lance editor and journalist, during which time he published several minor novels. But with the publication of Main Street (1920), which sold half a million copies, he achieved wide recognition. This was followed by the two novels considered by many to be his finest, Babbitt (1922) and Arrowsmith (1925), which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1926, but declined by Lewis. In 1930, following Elmer Gantry (1927) and Dodsworth (1929), Sinclair Lewis became the first American author to be awarded the Nobel Prize for distinction in world literature. This was the apogee of his literary career, and in the period from Ann Vickers (1933) to the posthumously published World So Wide (1951) Lewis wrote ten novels that reveal the progressive decline of his creative powers. From Main Street to Stockholm, a collection of his letters, was published in 1952, and The Man from Main Street, a collection of essays, in 1953. During his last years Sinclair Lewis wandered extensively in Europe, and after his death in Rome in 1951 his ashes were returned to his birthplace.

Table of Contents

Note de Jean-Pierre Sicre

ELMER GANTRY. LE CHARLATAN

L'Impresario de dieu.Postace par Francis Lacassin

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