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Booth Tarkington. Beasley's Christmas Party. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1909. First edition, first printing. Octavo. 99 pages.
Publisher's Binding, First Edition, 99 pages
Published October 1909 by Harper & Brothers (first published 1909)
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Elisabeth
Dec 19, 2012 Elisabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
Since I've been enjoying Booth Tarkington's novels very much for a couple of years now, I was happy to discover he'd writtern a short Christmas story too. The titular character, David Beasley, is a quiet man, a well-liked and respected politician, who suddenly begins behaving in an unaccountable and bewildering manner—talking to people (or things) that aren't there, and going through some extraordinary performances in his yard. The story's narrator, a young newspaper reporter and newcomer in tow ...more
Dave
Jul 18, 2009 Dave rated it liked it
Shelves: literature, fiction
For “Beasley’s Christmas Party” Tarkington returns to the Midwest again, though this time he keeps the state a mystery. The town though is known as Wainwright, and the story told through the eyes of the narrator who has just moved to Wainwright to work on the local newspaper. This is short novella length Christmas novel, and not too surprisingly it is aimed at the heart-strings. The title character is David Beasley, a quiet man who has little to say to adults, but who does talk to children. Desp ...more
Bill
Dec 26, 2011 Bill rated it really liked it
I got interested in Booth Tarkington via the credit from Orson Welles at the end of his adaptation of The Magnificent Ambersons. I assume that’s about the only way anyone becomes interested in Tarkington, except for academics seeking thoroughly eclipsed literary figures to investigate.

Even in its studio-truncated form, Welles’ Ambersons was, well, magnificent, and I wanted to understand the literary source of this masterpiece. It was visually stunning and as literary a film as I’d ever seen. Th
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Boots
Apr 14, 2009 Boots rated it it was amazing
this book is so bizarre i hesitate to recommend it to people, but it's nevertheless among my favorite. it has all the elements of a great mystery, a heart-melting Christmas story, and a saccharin romance ~ all crammed into 100 pages and with characters so eccentric as to be nearly cartoonish (but it's fun!).

tarkington's style is an acquired taste (i know few people who read his books anymore), and this one, for some reason feels even more syntactically strange than others. but the story is comp
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Maggie Leroy
Jun 17, 2014 Maggie Leroy rated it really liked it
A lovely Christmas story!!
Elizabeth
Jul 24, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
This read in a flash, but was simultaneously entirely forgettable, feeling more like the type of Christmas story the author might have scribbled for a quick magazine supplement than anything he put time or thought into developing (for all I know, this was in fact that case). In the end, however, this felt nothing like a "Christmas story," nor did its plot, setting, or characters feel better placed in any time or place. Everything, instead, fell flat.
Jennifer Ochoa
Apr 20, 2014 Jennifer Ochoa rated it liked it
A cute little novella, maybe a little too old-fashioned-charming. I suspect I may be missing out on some kind of social commentary in this novella, as the other works by Tarkington I've read have a bit more subtext about the world in which he lived in.
Julia
Jan 11, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: old-timey
Adorable and sweet little Christmas-time story of a love lost for lack of imagination, and inspiration found in kindness and sympathy. Short and very sweet.
Karen M
Nov 28, 2011 Karen M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, christmas
Lovely little Christmas story, so good, but I couldn't expect less from Booth Tarkington.
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Booth Tarkington was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams.
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