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Grebstein , Sheldon N. Sinclair Lewis. New York: Twayne, 1962. Print.

Recommended by Robert E. Fleming

Succinct analysis as part of a brief critical biography. The novel was written in four weeks and is noteworthy more for its politics than for its art.

Killough, George.“Mark Schorer, Dialogic Discourse, and Lt Can’t Happen Here.” Sinclair Lewis: New Essays in Criticism. Ed. James M. Hutchisson. New York: Whitson Publishing Company, 1997. 21-37. Print.

Recommended by Robert E. Fleming

Defends the novel for its contribution to the political life of its era. Furthermore, Lewis deserves more credit for the book’s style than he is normally given.

Killough, George.“Mark Schorer, Dialogic Discourse, and Lt Can’t Happen Here.” Sinclair Lewis: New Essays in Criticism. Ed. James M. Hutchisson. New York: Whitson Publishing Company, 1997. 21-37. Print.

Recommended by Robert E. Fleming

Defends the novel for its contribution to the political life of its era. Furthermore, Lewis deserves more credit for the book’s style than he is normally given.

Killough, George.“Mark Schorer, Dialogic Discourse, and Lt Can’t Happen Here.” Sinclair Lewis: New Essays in Criticism. Ed. James M. Hutchisson. New York: Whitson Publishing Company, 1997. 21-37. Print.

Recommended by Robert E. Fleming

Defends the novel for its contribution to the political life of its era. Furthermore, Lewis deserves more credit for the book’s style than he is normally given.

Knoenagel, Axel.“The Historical Context of Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here.” Southern Humanities Review 29 (1995): n. pag. Print.

Recommended by Robert E. Fleming

Sees the novel as a necessary antidote to the average American’s view of the European Fascist movement in the mid 1930s.

Tanner, Stephen L.“Sinclair Lewis and Fascism.” Studies in the Novel 22 (1990): n. pag. Print.

Recommended by Robert E. Fleming

While the novel is successful as propaganda, Lewis displays little political sophistication. Reviews the reception of the book.

Knoenagel, Axel.“The Historical Context of Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here.” Southern Humanities Review 29 (1995): n. pag. Print.

Recommended by Robert E. Fleming

Sees the novel as a necessary antidote to the average American’s view of the European Fascist movement in the mid 1930s.

Knoenagel, Axel.“The Historical Context of Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here.” Southern Humanities Review 29 (1995): n. pag. Print.

Recommended by Robert E. Fleming

Sees the novel as a necessary antidote to the average American’s view of the European Fascist movement in the mid 1930s.

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