Books: Road Work

BETHEL MERRIDAY — Sinclair Lewis —Doubleday, Doran ($2.50).

Sinclair Lewis has never lost his ability to bat it out, but Sinclair Lewis' ability to think it through has been woefully intermittent. This intermittence is the kindest explanation of Novelist Lewis' great gallery of flops. Two years ago the last of these, The Prodigal Parents, took a beating even from reviewers who recognized Lewis as still the most important novelist in the U. S. It was a wayward, shallow, cantankerous mummery in which Lewis exalted the wisdom of a motor dealer at the expense of...

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