Booth Tarkington


Born
in Indianapolis, Indiana, The United States
July 29, 1869

Died
May 19, 1946

Genre

Influences


Newton Booth Tarkington was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. He is one of only three novelists to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction/Novel more than once, along with William Faulkner and John Updike. Although he is little read now, in the 1910s and 1920s he was considered America's greatest living author.

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The Magnificent Ambersons

3.77 avg rating — 10,040 ratings — published 1918 — 266 editions
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Alice Adams

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Seventeen

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Penrod and Sam

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The Turmoil (The Growth Tri...

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Penrod Jashber

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Penrod: His Complete Story

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Monsieur Beaucaire

3.16 avg rating — 106 ratings — published 1900 — 84 editions
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The Gentleman from Indiana

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“Gossip is never fatal until it is denied.”
Booth Tarkington

“Gossip is never fatal until it is denied. Gossip goes on about every human being alive and about all the dead that are alive enough to be remembered, and yet almost never does any harm until some defender makes a controversy. Gossip's a nasty thing, but it's sickly, and if people of good intentions will let it entirely alone, it will die, ninety-nine times out of a hundred.”
Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons

“Whatever does not pretend at all has style enough.”
Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons

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