Elmer Gantry is satire, not exposé

Handsome, aimless Elmer Gantry is sent by his mother to small Baptist college where he plays football, drinks, and chases women. By a fluke, he becomes the champion of the campus preacher boys and is sucked into becoming a Baptist preacher. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis Harcourt, Brace, 1927; 432 pp. #1 on the 1927 […]

Calling of Dan Matthews exposes church politics

Harold Bell Wright’s The Calling of Dan Matthews is so unusual a religious novel, it deserves to be called unique.  Although it didn’t make the bestseller list when it was published in 1909, I’m reviewing it here as one of the notable novels of the 20th century. While fishing, an Ozark Mountain doctor meets a […]