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...