(1869 - 1946)
Booth Tarkington was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. He is one of only three novelists (the others being William Faulkner and John Updike) to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once.
Alice Adams (1921)
Alice Adams aspires to climb the social ladder and win the affection of a wealthy young man named Arthur Russell. Read online at archive.org.
Alice Adams (1945)
Alice Adams aspires to climb the social ladder and win the affection of a wealthy young man named Arthur Russell. This is a dramatization of the original work.
The Fighting Littles (1941)
Bringing up the Greatest Generation was no easy job, but Ripley Little threw himself into it wholeheartedly.
Gentle Julia (1922)
Julia Atwater’s large family connection, and especially her niece Florence, takes an intense interest in her social life. Read online at archive.org.
The Gentleman From Indiana (1899)
John Harkness returns home to Indiana to run a newspaper, fight corruption and the Klan, and win a seat in Congress. Read online at Hathitrust.
A collection of short stories by midwestern writers.
Little Orvie (1934)
The doings of a small boy in mid-century middle America.
The Magnificent Ambersons (1918)
The old aristocracy of a Midwestern town finds itself displaced by the new manufacturing money. Read online at archive.org.
The Midlander (1924)
The conclusion of a trilogy about the industrialization of a Midwestern city. Read online at archive.org.
A saga of the American boy, in the days when the stable behind the house was empty but had not yet become a garage. Read online at archive.org.
Penrod and Sam (1916)
Further adventures of Penrod Schofield and his friend Sam Williams, culminating in the dance party at Amy Rennsdale’s -- “Must ‘a’ got your bumpus!” Read online at archive.org.
Penrod: His Complete Story (1931)
Penrod Jashber (1929)
Further adventures of Penrod and Sam.
Presenting Lily Mars (1933)
The story of a small town Midwestern girl who becomes a Broadway star.
A true classic of American humor. Read online at archive.org.
The Turmoil (1915)
Two Midwestern families cope with the onset of industrialization. Read online at archive.org.