Gideon Planish Author:Sinclair Lewis In Gideon Planish  Sinclair Lewis takes up a phase of American life as familiar as Main Street , yet one which no novelist hitherto has explored. It is a book in the same satirical manner as Elmer Gantry  and is the most important work he has undertaken since then. — Early in his life Gideon Planish became an addict to the narco... more »tic effect of his own voice. Professor, lecturer, professorial money-raiser for philanthropic causes, 'organizer', viewer-with-alarm of 'conditions and situations', toastmaster at public dinners, his was the stuffed-shirt world of rotogravure Olympus.
Three things affected Gideon's career. First there was Peony, the co-ed who followed the handsome young Dean Planish to the week-end cottage, married him, and kept him constantly in love and in debt. Next he discovered that he could eke out his stipend by lecturing to women's clubs. To clinch matters, there was the first invitation to have his name listed as a 'national director', on the stationery of a propaganda organization.
"[Lewis Sinclair's] most brilliant satire, his bitterest invective ... As he lays about him happily with his cudgel, the reader enjoys it almost as much as the author ... Gideon Planish may well take his place in American folklore alongside Babbitt and Elmer Gantry." - Philadelphia Inquirer
[His first novel in three years,] "Sinclair Lewis is back at the old stand ... As Gideon goes his sanctimonious way Mr Lewis pulls out all the stops. His satire is brutal, his contempt complete, the exact mockery of his dialogue withering." - New York Times« less