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Booth Tarkington

Newton Booth Tarkington (July 29, 1869 – May 19, 1946) was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. He is one of only four novelists to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once, along with William Faulkner, John Updike, and Colson Whitehead. Although he is nearly forgotten today (2020), in the 1910s and 1920s he was considered America's greatest living author. Several of his stories were adapted to film. During the first quarter of the 20th century, Tarkington, along with Meredith Nicholson, George Ade, and James Whitcomb Riley helped to create a Golden Age of literature in Indiana.

Booth Tarkington served one term in the Indiana House of Representatives, was critical of the advent of automobiles, and set many of his stories in the Midwest. He eventually removed to Kennebunkport, Maine, where he continued his life work even as he suffered a loss of vision.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 29, 1869 (Indianapolis), Died May 19, 1946 (Indianapolis)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, author

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-10288 10-in. 5/8/1911 Princeton days Princeton University Glee Club Male vocal chorus lyricist  
Victor MS-75381 16-in. 3/8/1933 Maud & Cousin Bill Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company Radio broadcast : Drama author  


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