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Dooley, D. J., The Art of Sinclair Lewis, University of Nebraska Press, 1967, pp. 126—30.

Dooley argues that the novel fails because it is not a realistic portrayal of religion, and it lacks sufficient wit and humor to compensate for its unfairness.

Light, Martin, The Quixotic Vision of Sinclair Lewis, Purdue University Press, 1975, pp. 99—107.

Light examines what he sees as quixotic elements in the novel, especially in the characters Sharon Falconer and Frank Shallard.

Schorer, Mark, "Afterword," in Elmer Gantry, Signet Classics edition, New American Library, 1967, pp. 419—30.

Schorer discusses Lewis's research for the novel, including the clergyman he met in Kansas City. He also analyzes the characterization and structure of the novel and Lewis's occasional failure to integrate his story-telling with the social facts he presents.

———, "Sinclair Lewis and the Method of Half-Truths," in Society and Self in the Novel, Columbia University Press, 1956, pp. 117—44.

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