author, Booth Tarkington, winner of two Pulitzer prizes. His first Pulitzer was for The Magnificent Amberson which was filmed by Orson Wells in 1941, starring Wells' troop of Mercury Players, including Agnes Moorehead and Joseph Cotton. What brings this to mind was, while browsing my library's dvds via computer, I saw that a new movie of the Magnificent Ambersons had been made by A&E. It is based upon Wells' screenplay, but it is in technicolor while the original Wells' movie was in b&w.
The film opens with a party given in 1904 by the Ambersons. The technicolor splendor of the Amberson's house and guests is reminiscent of the dinner party in Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence. The b&w Wells' version is said to be even better than his Citizen Kane, so perhaps you should see both. In any event, this movie and its selection in the Modern Library's 100 best books is what is keeping Tarkington somewhat in the eye of the reading public.
His Penrod books of the pre WWI era created in Penrod a sort of 20th century Tom Sawyer. His novella, Monsieur Beaucaire is a rollicking romp of
18th century France. His second Pulitzer winning novel was Alice Adams, made into film by Katherine Hepburn.
My mother bought me the Penrod books when I was very young and complaining about Twain not writing any more Tom Sawyer books. I had already read Sawyer and Huck Finn plus the two Sawyer short stories, Tom Sawyer Detective and Tom Sawyer Abroad. There are three Penrod books: Penrod, Penrod and Sam, and Penrod/Jashber. These are probably too mild for today's youth acclimated to video games and high-speed chase scenes, but they are well written.
Reading a little of this very prolific author wil lighten your day. Tarkington attended Purdue and Princeton; Princeton 25 years before Scott Fitzgerald. And like Fitzgerald, he didn't graduate. Although he is the only one who has been granted two honorary degrees from the Ivy League bastion of learning.