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Booth Tarkington (1869–1946)

Autor/a de The Magnificent Ambersons

100+ obres 5,950 Membres 128 Ressenyes 10 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Newton Booth Tarkington was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 29, 1869. He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, than spent his first two years of college at Purdue University and his last two at Princeton University. When his class graduated in 1893, he lacked sufficient credits for a mostra'n més degree. Upon leaving Princeton, he returned to Indiana determined to pursue a career as a writer. Tarkington was an early member of The Dramatic Club, founded in 1889, and often wrote plays and directed and acted in its productions. After a five-year apprenticeship full of publishers' rejection slips, Tarkington enjoyed a huge commercial success with The Gentleman from Indiana, which was published in 1899. He produced a total of 171 short stories, 21 novels, 9 novellas, and 19 plays along with a number of movie scripts, radio dramas, and even illustrations over the course of a career that lasted from 1899 until his death in 1946. His novels included Monsieur Beaucaire, The Flirt, Seventeen, Gentle Julia, and The Turmoil. He won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 1919 and 1922 for his novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. He used the political knowledge he acquired while serving one term in the Indiana House of Representatives in the short story collection In the Arena. In collaboration with dramatist Harry Leon Wilson, Tarkington wrote The Man from Home, the first of many successful Broadway plays. He wrote children's stories in the final phase of his career. He died on May 19, 1946 after an illness. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de Booth Tarkington

The Magnificent Ambersons (1918) 1,656 exemplars, 50 ressenyes
Penrod (1914) 800 exemplars, 14 ressenyes
Alice Adams (1921) 523 exemplars, 18 ressenyes
Penrod and Sam (1916) 428 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Seventeen (1916) 367 exemplars, 6 ressenyes
Monsieur Beaucaire (1900) 218 exemplars, 6 ressenyes
The Gentleman from Indiana (1902) 129 exemplars
Image of Josephine (1945) 113 exemplars
The Turmoil (1915) 110 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Penrod Jashber (1915) 99 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Penrod: His Complete Story (1931) 81 exemplars
Booth Tarkington: Novels & Stories (2019) 78 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Two Vanrevels (1902) 78 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Plutocrat (1927) 75 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Conquest of Canaan (1905) 67 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Gentle Julia (1922) 54 exemplars
The Flirt (1913) 54 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Kate Fennigate (1943) 49 exemplars
Claire Ambler (1928) 48 exemplars
Beasley's Christmas Party (1909) 46 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Mary's Neck (1932) 44 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Guest of Quesnay (1908) 44 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Midlander (1924) 43 exemplars
In the Arena: Stories of Political Life (1905) 37 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Women (1925) 32 exemplars, 1 ressenya
His Own People (1907) 31 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Little Orvie (1933) 30 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Ramsey Milholland (1919) 30 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Rumbin Galleries (1937) 28 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Beautiful Lady (1905) 27 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Cherry (1903) 25 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Mirthful Haven (1930) 23 exemplars
Young Mrs. Greeley (1929) 23 exemplars
Presenting Lily Mars (1933) 21 exemplars
Harlequin and Columbine (1921) 17 exemplars
The Man from Home (1908) 17 exemplars
Growth (1927) 14 exemplars
Your Amiable Uncle (1949) 14 exemplars
The fighting Littles (1941) 13 exemplars
The Heritage of Hatcher Ide (1941) 13 exemplars
The Fascinating Stranger and Other Stories (1912) 13 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Gibson Upright (2012) 12 exemplars
The World Does Move (1928) 11 exemplars
Wanton Mally (1932) 11 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Beauty and the Jacobin (1912) 10 exemplars
The Show Piece (1947) 10 exemplars
Stories (1984) 8 exemplars
Looking Forward and Others (1926) 7 exemplars
The Lorenzo Bunch (2019) 6 exemplars
Clarence (1921) 6 exemplars
The ghost story (1922) 5 exemplars
The Wren 2 exemplars
The Spring Concert (1916) 2 exemplars
Mrs. Protheroe 1 exemplars
Station YYYY 1 exemplars
Gipsy 1 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Little Gentleman 1 exemplars
Manton Mally 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Illustrated Treasury of Children's Literature, Volumes 1-2 (1955) — Col·laborador — 466 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
The Literary Cat (1977) — Col·laborador — 241 exemplars
The New Junior Classics Volume 06: Stories About Boys and Girls (1938) — Col·laborador — 192 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
The Fireside Book of Dog Stories (1943) — Col·laborador — 147 exemplars
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (1953) — Col·laborador — 143 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Saturday Evening Post Treasury (1954) — Col·laborador — 138 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Magnificent Ambersons [1942 film] (1942) — Original book — 98 exemplars
More Stories to Remember, Volume II (1958) — Col·laborador — 97 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Best American Humorous Short Stories (1945) — Col·laborador — 86 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Bedside Book of Famous American Stories (1936) — Col·laborador — 72 exemplars
More Stories to Remember, Volumes I & II (1958) — Col·laborador — 59 exemplars
100 Hilarious Little Howlers (1999) — Col·laborador — 54 exemplars
The Oxford Book of Historical Stories (1994) — Col·laborador — 41 exemplars
Published and Perished: Memoria, Eulogies, and Remembrances of American Writers (2002) — Col·laborador — 37 exemplars, 1 ressenya
An American Omnibus (1933) — Col·laborador — 31 exemplars
Best American Plays, Supplementary Volume, 1918-1958 (1961) — Col·laborador — 28 exemplars
Pulitzer Prize Reader (1961) — Col·laborador — 27 exemplars
On Moonlight Bay [1951 film] (1951) — Original book — 25 exemplars
Teen-Age Dog Stories (1949) 21 exemplars, 1 ressenya
By the Light of the Silvery Moon [1953 film] (1953) — Original book — 21 exemplars
Alice Adams [1935 film] (1935) — Original novel — 19 exemplars
The Panorama of Modern Literature (1934) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Short Story Classics [American], Volume 5 (1905) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars
Chucklebait (1945) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars
The Magnificent Ambersons [2002 TV movie] (2002) — Original novel — 10 exemplars
Presenting Lily Mars [1943 film] (1943) — Original book — 8 exemplars
Los Premios Pulitzer de novela (I) (1970) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
More Stories to Remember, Volume IV (1958) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
Time to Be Young: Great Stories of the Growing Years (1945) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
More Voices from the Radium Age (MIT Press / Radium Age) (2023) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars, 1 ressenya
20 Best Short Stories in Ray Long's 20 Years As an Editor (1932) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
The Fireside Treasury of Modern Humor (1963) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Representative American Short Stories — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The American Legion Reader (1953) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
The New Roger Caras Treasury of Great Horse Stories (1999) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Piirakkasota; valikoima huumoria — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Eyes of Boyhood (1953) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
A Book of Narratives (1917) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Marriage: Short Stories of Married Life (1923) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom normalitzat
Tarkington, Booth
Nom oficial
Tarkington, Newton Booth
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc d'enterrament
Crown Hill Cemetery, Lot 13, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Lloc de naixement
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Lloc de defunció
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Llocs de residència
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Purdue University
Princeton University
Indiana House of Representatives
Cliff Dwellers
Premis i honors
William Dean Howells Medal (1945)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1919)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1921)
O. Henry Memorial Award (1931)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature ∙ 1908)
Biografia breu
Newton Booth Tarkington, an enormously prolific novelist, playwright, and short story writer who chronicled urban middle-class life in the American Midwest during the early twentieth century, was born in Indianapolis on July 29, 1869. He was the son of John Stevenson Tarkington, a lawyer, and Elizabeth Booth Tarkington. His uncle and namesake, Newton Booth, was a governor of California and later a United States senator. In the essay ‘As I Seem to Me,’ published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1941, Tarkington recalled dictating a story to his sister when he was only six. By the age of sixteen he had written a fourteen-act melodrama about Jesse James. Tarkington was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Purdue University, and Princeton, where his burlesque musical The Honorable Julius Caesar was staged by the Triangle Club. Upon leaving Princeton in 1893 he returned to Indiana determined to pursue a career as a writer.

After a five-year apprenticeship marked by publishers’ rejection slips, Tarkington enjoyed a huge commercial success with The Gentleman from Indiana (1899), a novel credited with capturing the essence of the American heartland. He consolidated his fame with Monsieur Beaucaire (1900), a historical romance later adapted into a movie starring Rudolph Valentino. ‘Monsieur Beaucaire is ever green,’ remarked Damon Runyon. ‘It is a little literary cameo, and we read it over at least once a year.’ The political knowledge Tarkington acquired while serving one term in the Indiana house of representatives informed In the Arena (1905), a collection of short stories that drew praise from President Theodore Roosevelt for its realism. In collaboration with dramatist Harry Leon Wilson, Tarkington wrote The Man from Home (1907), the first of many successful Broadway plays. His comedy Clarence (1919), which Alexander Woollcott praised for being ‘as American as Huckleberry Finn or pumpkin pie,’ helped launch Alfred Lunt on a distinguished career and provided Helen Hayes with an early successful role.

Following a decade in Europe, Tarkington returned to Indianapolis and won a new readership with the publication of The Flirt (1913). The first of his novels to be serialized in the Saturday Evening Post, the book contained authentic characters and themes that paved the way for Penrod (1914), a group of tales drawn from the author’s boyhood memories of growing up in Indiana. The adventures of Penrod Schofield, which Tarkington also chronicled in the sequels Penrod and Sam (1916) and Penrod Jashber (1929), seized the imagination of young adult readers and invited comparison with Tom Sawyer. Equally successful was Seventeen (1916), a nostalgic comedy of adolescence that subsequently inspired a play, two Broadway musicals, and a pair of film adaptations as well as Tarkington’s sequel novel Gentle Julia (1922).

Tarkington broke new artistic ground with The Turmoil (1915), the first novel in his so-called Growth trilogy documenting the changes in urban life during the era of America’s industrial expansion. William Dean Howells, the father of American realism, praised Tarkington’s vivid depiction of the human misery generated by one man’s worship of bigness and materialism. The Magnificent Ambersons (1918), the second work in the series, earned Tarkington the Pulitzer Prize. ‘The Magnificent Ambersons is perhaps Tarkington’s best novel,’ judged Van Wyck Brooks. ‘[It is] a typical story of an American family and town–the great family that locally ruled the roost and vanished virtually in a day as the town spread and darkened into a city.’ The Midlander (1924) concludes the trilogy with the story of a real estate developer who is both a creator and a victim of the country’s new wealth.

Tarkington won his second Pulitzer Prize for Alice Adams (1921), a novel often seen as an extension of the Growth trilogy. The unforgettable portrayal of a small-town social climber whose outlandish attempts to snare a rich husband are both poignant and hilarious, Alice Adams was later made into a film starring Katharine Hepburn. Tarkington’s other memorable books of the period include Women (1925), a cycle of amusing stories about the flourishing social life of suburban housewives, and The Plutocrat (1927), a satire of an American millionaire abroad. In addition he turned out The World Does Move (1928), a volume of autobiographical essays, and Mirthful Haven (1930), a serious novel of manners inspired by his many summers in Kennebunkport, Maine.

In the late 1920s, Tarkington commenced a prolonged battle with failing eyesight and near blindness. After undergoing more than a dozen eye operations he regained partial vision, but he was forced to dictate his work to a secretary. His joy at being able once more to see colors maintained a lifelong passion for collecting art. The entertaining stories Tarkington wrote for the Saturday Evening Post about the art business were published as Rumbin Galleries (1937). In addition he completed Some Old Portraits (1939), a book of essays about his collection, which included works by Titian, Velázquez, and Goya.

During the final years of his life Tarkington again focused on Indiana. In The Heritage of Hatcher Ide (1941) he updated the family sagas of the Growth trilogy, while in Kate Fennigate (1943) he offered another social comedy in the spirit of Alice Adams. In 1945 Tarkington was awarded the prestigious Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Booth Tarkington died at his home in Indianapolis following a short illness on May 19, 1946. The Show Piece (1947), his unfinished last novel, profiles a young egoist reminiscent of the George Minafer of The Magnificent Ambersons.



Excellent story.
delta61 | Hi ha 17 ressenyes més | Jul 1, 2024 |
In this LOA volume, Mr. Tarkington is introduced to the reader. He is all but unknown now though he was certainly known among writers in the 1st 2 decades of the 1900s. His major work "The Magnificent Ambersons" was made into a movie in 1942. His main emphasis was on fictional characters impacted by social & economic issues set in the historical events between the end of the Civil War & before World War 1. This also contains 2 other stories that relate the same type of his writings.
walterhistory | Nov 9, 2023 |
Maybe even 4.5* While I knew most of the plot from watching the excellent film adaptation (1942 directed by Orson Wells and starring Joseph Cotten), it was worthwhile reading the original novel. Tarkington is one of a small handful of authors who have won the Pulitzer Prize more than once and reading this novel, I could understand why.

Wells focused on the family drama in the film (and ended a few chapters short of the book!) but the book shows that Tarkington is more interested in the wider social commentary. Even with this wider focus, his portrayal of a pompous narcissist bully in Georgie Minafer is excellent and the book is worth reading for that alone. Georgie is not a caricature and I liked the fact that Tarkington showed him as human which allowed me to sympathize with him even when he was at his most annoying. Being a sentimentalist at heart, I liked the fact that the book allowed Georgie (now George) to be reprieved and possibly (hopefully) get back together with Lucy Morgan.… (més)
leslie.98 | Hi ha 49 ressenyes més | Jun 27, 2023 |
An arrogant man child can't see past his imperious needs. He is blind to social and economic changes surrounding him. Pulitzer winner.
debbie13410 | Hi ha 49 ressenyes més | Jun 18, 2023 |



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