The disappearance and return of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson made 1926 a prolific year for Los Angeles author Louis Adamic (d. 1951), best remembered today for his 1931 book “Dynamite.” Like Morrow Mayo and other writers in H.L. Mencken’s shock troops against the “booboisie,” Adamic had a biting wit, and McPherson offered an easy target for his sharp pen.
Some of Adamic’s works appear in Emanuel Haldeman-Julius’ trove of small pamphlets, but there was also a monthly (and for a while a quarterly!) where other polemics may be found. An EBay vendor has listed the September 1926 issue of the monthly, containing “Aimee Semple McPherson’s Fight With Satan,” which was apparently not republished as a pamphlet. (“The Morons of Los Angeles,” another blast at McPherson from the November 1926 issue, is republished in the Haldeman-Julius pamphlet “The Truth About Los Angeles.”)
Bidding on this rare item starts at $12. [And yes, the Daily Mirror HQ already has a copy, otherwise I would be sniping it myself.]