Books: Valedictory

WORLD So WIDE (250 pp.)—Sinclair Lewis—Random House ($3).

Before his death in Italy two months ago, Sinclair Lewis finished his 22nd and last novel and called it World So Wide. It is an awkward, rambling book, often close to a caricature of Lewis at his best. But it will be read for what it is: "Red" Lewis' valedictory to his fellow Americans.

World's hero is Hayden Chart, 35, an architect who loses his pretty, nagging wife Caprice in an automobile accident for which he blames himself. Ridden by guilt (but not very hard) and by...

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