American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Tarkington, (Newton) Booth 1869-1946. American writer whose novels include The Magnificent Ambersons (1918) and Alice Adams (1921), each of which won a Pulitzer Prize.
“The novel shows Tarkington is completely tuned in to the spirit of his times; the characters embody complex destinies that see them regularly teetering on the edge between greatness and terrible foolishness; and the driving force of the narrative is the tragedy occasioned by hubris.”
“But Tarkington is an interesting character, and I’d quite like to read a biography of him if I could find a good one.”
“I’ve been mildly interested in Tarkington and particularly this book for a while but now you’ve got me really interested!”
“In the frame of the hall mirror he saw a pencilled note: Will Mrs. Smith please call Tarkington 1565, it said.”
“Booth Tarkington went on to have a stellar career, but many writers, whom we may today think of as canonical authors, limped through writing lives, determined but unsuccessful.”
“Look forward to reading your post on the Tarkington.”
“Reading The Magnificent Ambersons, I noted in the introduction that it took Pulitzer prize winner Booth Tarkington seven long years of writing at home, submitting plays, stories and novels to publications that remained steadfastly uninterested in them, before he finally got a break.”
“I have heard of Tarkington, but never read a book by him.”
“I wonder if there will ever be a Tarkington resurgence?”
“Tarkington portrays big business rather like a formidable beast, one that hungrily swallows up small sympathetic communities and turns them into polluted, lonely cities.”
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