Unquestionably, the most important publication event of the month, Sinclair Lewis' first novel since the Nobel Prize award. Closer in spirit to ARROWSMITH, recounting as it does the step by step development in the life of a successful central character (in this instance of a woman),-- this book measures up satisfactorily with some of the best work Lewis has produced. It seems a bit slow in getting under way, but gathers power and sweep and verve as it advances. There is sure to be a good deal of controversy, partly in regard to the picture it gives of prison life in our ""enlightened"" country, but chiefly because women will claim that Ann is shown as a man thinks she would be, rather than as she really is. The publishers are putting a big advertising and promotion campaign back of this and posters are available on request.