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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] appear again, to stand outside the force of Welles's genius, confident in its own right."
"This novel no doubt was a permanent page in the social history of the United States, so admirably conceived and written was the tale of the Ambersons, their house, their fate and the growth of the community in which they were submerged in the end."
--Van Wyck Brooks