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Tarkington, Booth 1869-1946

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The magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington( Book )

225 editions published between 1918 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 7,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in 1918, The Magnificent Ambersons chronicles the changing fortunes of three generations of an American dynasty. The family serves as a metaphor for the old society that crumbled after the Industrial Revolution while a middle-western town spread and darkened into a city. George Amberson Minafer is the spoiled and arrogant grandson of the founder of the family's magnificence. Eclipsed by a new breed of industrial tycoons and land developers whose power comes not through family connections but through financial dealings and modern manufacturing, George descends from the Midwestern aristocracy to the working class. As the wheels of industry transform the social landscape, the definitions of ambition, success, and loyalty also change
Penrod by Booth Tarkington( )

183 editions published between 1914 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 5,796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A saga of the American boy
Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington( )

141 editions published between 1921 and 2019 in 6 languages and held by 5,596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alice feels inadequate both because she is snubbed by a clique that has false standards and because she discredits her own good qualities. This story shows the growing pains of a high school girl who failed to crash small-town society
Seventeen by Booth Tarkington( )

180 editions published between 1915 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 5,369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This story of the first love experience of William Sylvanus Baxter shows an insight into the emotions and mental processes of the adolescent boy
Monsieur Beaucaire by Booth Tarkington( )

175 editions published between 1899 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 4,468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The young Frenchman did very well what he had planned to do. His guess that the Duke would cheat proved good. As the unshod half-dozen figures that had been standing noiselessly in the entryway stole softly into the shadows of the chamber, he leaned across the table and smilingly plucked a card out of the big Englishman's sleeve
Penrod and Sam by Booth Tarkington( )

111 editions published between 1914 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 4,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Another collection of tales about Penrod Schofield and his playmate Sam. Together, the two of them get into more trouble than Dennis the Menace and the Little Rascals combined
The turmoil : a novel by Booth Tarkington( )

84 editions published between 1900 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This novel is about how the artistic soul is sacrificed on the altar of big business. Except in this case the artist willingly makes the sacrifice and has no regrets afterward. Thus, the novel can't be counted a tragedy. John Sheridan lives by one mantra: Bigger is better. He owns the Sheridan Pump Works and is determined to make it an industrial giant. He brings his two oldest sons into the business only to see them fail. His youngest son, Bibbs, is sickly and dreams of becoming a writer. But his father won't hear of it and puts him to work in the company, too. Surprisingly, Bibbs thrives in this setting and pushes the company onto ever greater levels of success. His fiancé is appalled that he would go along with his father's wishes, but Bibbs assures her he never would have made it as a writer and he made the right decision. It's a surprising development: one expects Bibbs to stand up to his father and declare his artistic endeavors more important. But I think Tarkington is being realistic here, and he is careful to develop Bibbs's character so that we can see him appreciate the usefulness his life takes on from the emptiness he'd known before because of his illness. Tarkington was not afraid to praise big business, though he also knew what to criticize about it, too (one thing he was quick to point out was how it spoiled natural beauty). If John Sheridan could declare, "Wealth! I will get wealth! I will make Wealth! I will sell Wealth for more Wealth," his son Bibbs could remark on how his father had served business blindly while he, Bibbs, believed "If man would let me [business] serve him, I should be beautiful." There is no irony intended in this, just a statement of belief. --Bomojaz at
The conquest of Canaan : a novel by Booth Tarkington( )

87 editions published between 1905 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What does it mean to be popular? Is it a mark of good character, or merely a sign that you're well-regarded among an influential group of elites? The hero in Booth Tarkington's tale The Conquest of Canaan has achieved a strange kind of popularity -- he's seen as a prince among those who are down on their luck, but to the upper classes and the powerful, he might as well be invisible. Will Joe Loudon be able to channel his limited influence to make some much-needed changes in his community?
The gentleman from Indiana by Booth Tarkington( Book )

172 editions published between 1899 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 2,654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American author's first novel depicts the struggle of a country newspaper editor to denounce political corruption
The flirt by Booth Tarkington( )

81 editions published between 1913 and 2019 in 5 languages and held by 2,027 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gentle Julia by Booth Tarkington( )

59 editions published between 1922 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Penrod for girls in the form of Florence, the bratty younger cousin of luminous Julia Atwater, enlivens this romantic comedy set in Tarkington's Indiana of the early 20th Century."--LibriVox
The guest of Quesnay by Booth Tarkington( )

67 editions published between 1900 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Metaphysical mystery story of a man whose past has been blotted out by an injury to his brain. The story takes place in France and is written in the first person
The two Vanrevels by Booth Tarkington( Book )

80 editions published between 1902 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The beautiful Betty Carewe returns from the convent where she was studying, guarded over by her father, a rich and powerful citizen of Rouen. The two young men who ultimately vie for her attentions are Tom Vanrevel and Crailey Gray who are also the two young men that her father wants her to stay away from
The gentleman from Indianapolis : a treasury of Booth Tarkington by Booth Tarkington( Book )

14 editions published between 1899 and 1957 in English and held by 1,328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short stories, three complete novels, and selections from novels
Best American plays : supplementary volume, 1918-1958 by John Gassner( Book )

1 edition published in 1961 in English and held by 1,316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of 17 plays which did not appear in the editor's earlier Best plays collections covering the period, 1918-1958
In the arena: stories of political life by Booth Tarkington( Book )

45 editions published between 1905 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Booth Tarkington served in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1902; bosses, dirty tricks, vote fraud, and smoke-filled rooms bring these short fiction pieces about politics to life. Collected in 1905, the book includes Boss Gorget," The Aliens," The Need of Money," Hector," Mrs. Protheroe," and Great Men's Sons."
Image of Josephine by Booth Tarkington( Book )

22 editions published between 1945 and 1948 in English and held by 1,200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wealthy socialite, Josephine tries those around her
The Gibson upright by Booth Tarkington( )

17 editions published between 1919 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,085 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 1919 stage collaboration between Tarkington and Wilson identifies some fallacies of socialism. Andrew Gibson, owner of a piano company that manufactures the Gibson Upright, is threatened by a strike. When Gibson cedes ownership of the company, the workers learn that it is not so easy to manage a business
The man from home by Booth Tarkington( )

29 editions published between 1905 and 2013 in English and held by 1,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this southern Italian comedy of errors, American siblings Horace and Ethel Granger-Simpson attempt to have Ethel marry the Honorable Almeric St. Aubyn. The siblings must deal with their guardian Daniel Voorhees Pike of Kokomo, Indiana who refuses to liquidate the family fortune for the marriage. Written in Paris in 1906, this play ran in Chicago for a year and was a hit on Broadway in 1908
His own people by Booth Tarkington( )

40 editions published between 1907 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The glass-domed palm-room of the Grand Continental Hotel Magnifique in Rome is of vasty heights and distances, filled with a mellow green light which filters down languidly through the upper foliage of tall palms, so that the two hundred people who may be refreshing or displaying themselves there at the tea-hour have something the look of under-water creatures playing upon the sea-bed. They appear, however, to be unaware of their condition; even the ladies, most like anemones of that gay assembly, do not seem to know it; and when the Hungarian band (crustacean-like in costume, and therefore well within the picture) has sheathed its flying tentacles and withdrawn by dim processes, the tea-drinkers all float out through the doors, instead of bubbling up and away through the filmy roof
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The magnificent Ambersons
PenrodAlice AdamsSeventeenMonsieur BeaucairePenrod and SamThe turmoil : a novelThe conquest of Canaan : a novelThe gentleman from Indiana
Alternative Names
Booth Tarkington Amerikaans auteur

Booth Tarkington écrivain américain

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Booth Tarkington scrittore e drammaturgo statunitense

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Tarkington, B.

Tarkington B. 1869-1946

Tarkington, B. (Booth), 1869-1946

Tarkington, Booth

Tarkington, Newton Booth.

Tarkington, Newton Booth 1869-1946

Van Loot, Cornelius O

Van Loot Cornelius Obenchain

Van Loot Cornelius Obenchain 1869-1946

Бут Таркингтон

Таркингтон Б. 1869-1946

Таркинтон Б. 1869-1946

بوث تارکینقتن

بوث تارکینگتن

ターキントン, ブース




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