Sinclair Lewis signed original first edition Elmer Gantry novel, written in 1926, published 1927. His objective was to present a satirical look at religious fundamentalists and evangelistic circles in the 1920s. It is called a "ferocious satire", rigorously represented by Burt Lancaster in the 1960s movie. The book was banned in Boston and many cities, while extolled in universities. It is a great work by one of the most noted writers of his time. An interesting point is that it came from the estate of Mary Pinkerton Carlisle, daughter of Allan Pinkerton, Scottish American detective and spy, founder of the agency that protected Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, as head of the Union Intelligence Service. Mrs. Carlisle's leather book plate is attached to the inside cover.