FICTION: More Smithness

GRAY SHEEP—Dillwyn Parrish— Harper ($2). Dillwyn Parrish, brother of Anne Parrish, the Perennial Bachelor lady, last year came forward as another sharp-eyed anatomist of life's nobodies. Repugnantly dear to him is the tragicomedy of middling people—middling honest, middling happy, middling alive. He called his first novel Smith Everlasting. The Rev. Fred Rain of Gray Sheep is another victim of everlasting Smithness in body, mind and spirit—a figure at once lovable, pitiful and contemptible from the equivocal nature of Smithness, for which another name is stagnation.

The Rev. Rain is Elmer Gantry...

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