The God-Seeker

The God-Seeker

Published 1949 by Random House. Marked First Edition. Plastic sleeve protected Dust Jacket has slight edge wear. Condition Mint! As fine a copy of a rare American novel as one will ever find!


The God-Seeker was Sinclair Lewis’ next to last novel and last book published before his death in 1951. The God-Seeker took on a subject no one ever expected from Lewis, the nature of American idealism and ideology, whose soul, Lewis believed, was still being formed. Set for the most part on the Minnesota frontier in the late 1840s, The God-Seeker renders in extensive detail the core beliefs and trials of those missionaries whose frontier work was supported by the American Board Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM), an organization that from 1812 sent its missionaries to every kind of frontier post in America and beyond. More seasoned and psychologically complex than Lewis's better known, topical potboiler on religious revivalism in America, Elmer Gantry (1927), The God-Seeker is not a novel of religious hypocrisy, nor is it principally a piece of propaganda. Rather, it is a probing historical novel that gauges the insidious effects of an inflexible religious ideology upon the indigenous Indians and, ultimately, upon the missionaries themselves. The interplay between missionary religious ideology on the one hand and the opportunism of commercial entrepreneurs, settlers, and military nationalists, on the other, as they mutually affect the lives of the Dakota Sioux is one of the novel's important contributions to a critical understanding of America as a "promised land" and "crusader state." Although published more than a half-century ago, this is a novel that speaks to contemporary America.

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