Books: Red Menace

THE PRODIGAL PARENTS—Sinclair Lewis —Donbleday, Doran ($2.50).

Two years ago, when Sinclair Lewis published It Can't Happen Here, a miscellaneous group of left-wing writers hailed that anti-Fascist novel with a dinner in a small Italian restaurant on Manhattan's East Side. There in an upstairs room Sinclair Lewis sat at the head of a long table facing a row of radical poets, proletarian novelists and dramatists, defenders of civil liberties, pamphleteers, listening uncomfortably to their speeches that welcomed him to their ranks. Said New Masses Editor Granville Hicks: "When I read Work of Art I...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!