Booth Tarkington

Booth Tarkington was a prolific American novelist and dramatist, best known for his novels 'The Magnificent Ambersons' and 'Alice Adams,' both of which won him Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction. Born on July 29, 1869, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Tarkington was considered one of the most popular American novelists of his time. His work often reflected the changing social structure and values of the United States in the early 20th century. Tarkington passed away on May 19, 1946.


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  1. 1. The Magnificent Ambersons

    "The Magnificent Ambersons" is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in the early 20th century that explores the dramatic changes brought about by the industrial revolution in America. It follows the decline of the once-prosperous Amberson family as their fortune and influence wane with the rise of new money and modern technology. The story is centered around the prideful and spoiled George Amberson Minafer, whose arrogance and inability to adapt to the changing world lead to his downfall.

    The 906th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Penrod

    This novel centers around the misadventures of a young boy, capturing the essence of boyhood in the early 20th century Midwest. Through a series of humorous and often poignant episodes, the protagonist navigates the trials and tribulations of adolescence, dealing with family, friends, and his own burgeoning sense of self. The narrative delves into themes of honor, friendship, and the societal expectations placed on young boys, all while maintaining a light-hearted tone that vividly brings to life the joys and challenges of growing up.

    The 4151st Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Alice Adams

    Set in the early 20th century, the novel is about a young woman, Alice Adams, who aspires to climb the social ladder in her small town. She is hindered by her family's low social status and poor finances. Despite her attempts to fit in with the upper-class society, her efforts often lead to awkward and embarrassing situations. The story is a poignant exploration of ambition, societal pressure, and the struggle for acceptance.

    The 10138th Greatest Book of All Time