Books: Main Street Revisited

LOWER THAN ANGELS—Walter Karig —Farrar & Rinehart ($2.75).

Sinclair Lewis gave the world its classic picture of the American conformist. Whether he was known as Babbitt, Doc Kennicott, Joe Doakes or the great American boob, this monster was terrible, and to escape him (or his wife) the intellectuals of the 1920s fled from Main Street.

The U.S. Average Man is now beloved and honored. When he is in uniform, Ernie Pyle and a host of other correspondents watch him, note his casual expressions, solicit his opinions, record his hopes and fears, marvel at his fortitude....

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