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Booth Tarkington

Alice Adams

Booth Tarkington was born on July 29, 1869 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is one of only three novelists to win the Pulitzer Prize more than once. When you look through the quality of his work it is easy to understand why. The Magnificent Ambersons, Alice Adams, Penrod, Penrod And Sam – all classics. The Penrod novels depict a typical upper-middle class American boy of 1910 vintage, revealing a fine, bookish sense of American humor. At one time, his Penrod series was as well known andregarded as Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. Much of Tarkington's work consists of satirical and closely observed studies of the American class system and its foibles. Coming as he did from a patrician Midwestern family that lost much of its wealth after the Panic of 1873 the foundations for that outlook are clear. Today, he is best known for his novel The Magnificent Ambersons which contrasted the decline of the “old money” Amberson dynasty with the rise of “new money” industrial tycoons in the years between the American Civil War and World War I. In this volume you have an opportunity to meet Alice Admas. She is well worth meeting.
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    Gloria Nanfukahas quoted3 years ago
    the art of seeming to have an escort or partner when there is none. The practitioner must imply, merely by expression and attitude, that the supposed companion has left her for only a few moments, that she herself has sent him upon an errand; and, if possible, the minds of observers must be directed toward a conclusion that this errand of her devising is an amusing one;
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    In Alice's eyes, Mildred had been blessed enough; something ought to be left over, by this time, for another girl.
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    I suppose she thinks I ought to be glad enough she asked Walter!"

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