Booth Tarkington

Booth Tarkington (Newton Booth Tarkington), 1869–1946, American author, b. Indianapolis. His most characteristic and popular works were his genial novels of life in small Middle Western towns, including The Gentleman from Indiana (1899), The Conquest of Canaan (1905), and the trilogy Growth (1927), made up of Turmoil (1915), The Magnificent Ambersons (1918; Pulitzer Prize), and The Midlander (1923). Alice Adams (1921; Pulitzer Prize), considered by some his best novel, tells of the frustrated ambitions of a romantic lower-middle-class girl. He wrote several amusing novels of boyhood and adolescence, the most notable being Penrod (1914) and Seventeen (1916). His plays include a dramatization of his own historical romance Monsieur Beaucaire (1901) and Clarence (1921).

See his reminiscences, The World Does Move (1928); biography by J. L. Woodress (1955, repr. 1969); study by K. J. Fennimore (1974).

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Booth Tarkington: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! The Magnificent Ambersons By Booth Tarkington; Arthur William Brown Doubleday, Page, 1918
FREE! Alice Adams By Booth Tarkington; Arthur William Brown Doubleday, Page & Company, 1921
FREE! Seventeen By Booth Tarkington; Arthur William Brown Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, 1916
Penrod: His Complete Story By Booth Tarkington; Gordon Grant Indiana University Press, 1931
FREE! The Conquest of Canaan By Booth Tarkington A.L. Burt, 1905
American Naturalistic and Realistic Novelists: A Biographical Dictionary By E. C. Applegate Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Booth Tarkington" begins on p. 374
Being a Boy Again: Autobiography and the American Boy Book By Marcia Jacobson University of Alabama Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Booth Tarkington"
I Hear America ...: Literature in the United States since 1900 By Vernon Loggins Biblo and Tannen, 1967
Librarian’s tip: "Booth Tarkington" begins on p. 339
American Nights Entertainment By Grant Overton D. Appleton & Co., 1923
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 12 "Totalling Mr. Tarkington"
Cavalcade of the American Novel: From the Birth of the Nation to the Middle of the Twentieth Century By Edward Wagenknecht Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1952
Librarian’s tip: "Booth Tarkington, Success" begins on p. 244
The Midlander By Booth Tarkington Doubleday, Page & Company, 1924
FREE! The Flirt By Booth Tarkington Grosset & Dunlap, 1915
Mary's Neck By Booth Tarkington Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1932
FREE! Monsieur Beaucaire By Booth Tarkington; C. D. Williams McClure, Phillips & Co., 1900
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