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Booth Tarkington

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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... Read More

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Alice Adams
Vintage Movie Classics
Written by Booth Tarkington
Foreword by Anne Edwards


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $14.95

The basis for George Stevens’s major motion picture starring Katharine Hepburn in her Oscar-nominated leading role.

In a small Midwestern town in the wake of World War I, Alice Adams delightedly finds herself being pursued by Arthur Russell, a gentleman of a higher social class in life. Desperate to keep her family's... Read more >
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Alice Adams
Vintage Movie Classics
Written by Booth Tarkington
Foreword by Anne Edwards


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $11.99

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The Magnificent Ambersons
(A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by Booth Tarkington


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $11.99

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The Magnificent Ambersons

Written by Booth Tarkington


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 14, 1998
Price: $15.00

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize when first published in 1918, The Magnificent Ambersons chronicles the changing fortunes of three generations of an American dynasty. Today The Magnificent Ambersons is best know through the 1942 Orson Welles movie, but as the critic Stanley Kauffmann noted, "It is high time that [the novel]... Read more >
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