The Gentleman From Indiana
1912. Although his first book was about English romance, Newton Booth Tarkington, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, for The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams, came to be known for his comical (and almost cynical) style of the Lost Generation that characterized the 1920's. The book begins: There is a fertile stretch of flat lands in Indiana where unagrarian Eastern travele...more
Published by Aegypan Press
(first published 1899)
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Jan 05, 2009 Dave rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People who want to read Booth Tarkington's first novel.
Booth Tarkington (July 29, 1869 - May 19, 1946) was born in Indianapolis and he went back to the Hoosier state repeatedly as a setting for his novels. His first novel was “The Gentleman from Indiana”, which was originally published in 1899. Tarkington also went to Princeton to study, so it isn’t surprising that this novel is about a gentleman (John Harkness) from Indiana who then went to the East Coast and studied at Princeton who then returns to Indiana. He returns to Indiana to take over the l...more
I picked up a Tarkington novel because of my sojourn here in Indiana. I began with his first publication - from 1899. I can only assume he got better before his Pulitzers. This book is cheesy, with little depth of character, overly-florid pastoral descriptions (of Indiana, no less!!), and an insipid resolution in which the good peasantry adore their gentlemanly protector. This is Progressivism at its worst: elitist, idealistic, and looking to the völkische Hinterland for political and moral rege...more
Grossly overwritten. The plot is flimsy, even by nineteenth century standards. The characters seem uniformly maudlin, the sociology interesting but not too convincing. A disappointment relative to his later novels.
Booth Tarkington was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams.More about Booth Tarkington...