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The basis for George Stevens's major motion picture starring Katharine Hepburn in her Oscar-nominated leading role.In a small Midwestern town in the wake of World War I, Alice Adams delightedly finds herself being pursued by Arthur Russell, a gentleman of a higher social class in life. Desperate to keep her family's lower-middle-class status a secret, she and her parents concoct various schemes to keep their family afloat. Though the realities of her situation eventually reveal themselves and her relationship with Arthur fizzles, Alice's acceptance of this leads her to seek out work to support her family with an admirable resiliency. An enchanting and authentic tale of a family's aspirations to seek more out of life, Alice Adams reveals the strength of the human spirit and its incredible ability to evolve. Originally published in 1921, this bestselling Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was adapted into film twice, and its heroine, the sparkling Alice Adams, still resonates with readers today.With a new foreword by Anne Edwards. Vintage Movie Classics spotlights classic films that have stood the test of time, now rediscovered through the publication of the novels on which they were based.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Ganadora del Premio Pulitzer en 1918, esta novela narra dos trágicas historias de amor ligadas al declive de una aristocrática dinastía americana: los magníficos Amberson. El protagonista de este drama histórico es George Amberson Minafer, el arrogante heredero de la fortuna familiar, que se verá desafiado por los vertiginosos cambios que trajo consigo la era del automóvil. «El retrato más sincero y despiadado sobre los cambios sociales en el medio oeste americano.» ORSON WELLES Booth Tarkington (1869-1946) nació en Indianápolis, Indiana, en una familia de clase media, y estudió en la Academia Philips y en las universidades de Purdue y Princeton. A lo largo de su carrera recibió dos premios Pulitzer (proeza sólo igualada por Faulkner) y disfrutó de un gran éxito de público. Además de El cuarto mandamiento (1918), la novela que Orson Welles llevó al cine en 1942, escribió The Gentleman from Indiana (1899), Seventeen (1916), Alice Adams (1921) y varias obras de teatro.
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time<P><P> The Magnificent Ambersons chronicles the changing fortunes of three generations of an American dynasty. The protagonist of Booth Tarkington's great historical drama is George Amberson Minafer, the spoiled and arrogant grandson of the founder of the family's magnificence. Eclipsed by a new breed of developers, financiers, and manufacturers, this pampered scion begins his gradual descent from the midwestern aristocracy to the working class. <P> Today The Magnificent Ambersons is best known through the 1942 Orson Welles movie, but as the critic Stanley Kauffmann noted, "It is high time that [the novel] appear again, to stand outside the force of Welles's genius, confident in its own right."<P> "The Magnificent Ambersons is perhaps Tarkington's best novel," judged Van Wyck Brooks. "[It is] a typical story of an American family and town--the great family that locally ruled the roost and vanished virtually in a day as the town spread and darkened into a city. This novel no doubt was a permanent page in the social history of the United States, so admirably conceived and written was the tale of the Ambersons, their house, their fate and the growth of the community in which they were submerged in the end."<P> Winner of the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in 1918,
A timeless novel in the spirited tradition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn One of the most popular American authors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Pulitzer Prize winner Booth Tarkington was acclaimed for his novels set in small Midwestern towns. Penrod tells of a boy growing up in Indianapolis at the turn of the twentieth century. His friends and his dog accompany him on his many jaunts, from the stage as "the Child Sir Lancelot," to the playground, to school. They make names for themselves as "bad boys" who always have the most fun. Nearly a century after it was first published to incredible popularity and acclaim, Penrod remains wildly funny and entertaining to adults and children alike.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Booth Tarkington, creator of the beloved novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams, also created the lovable character of Penrod Schofield, who is at the center of several collections of tales, short stories, and humorous anecdotes. Penrod, the first title in the series, will appeal to fans of Tom Sawyer and other classic children's literature.
From the Book Jacket: Booth Tarkington's knowledge of art and the men who deal in it is deep and wide. In this novel, a lively and penetrating revelation of people and art, he uses that knowledge with telling effect. Rumbin, the art-dealer whose ambition is to move his galleries uptown to Fifty-seventh Street, is a vivid and unforgettable creation, with his immense bulk, his unplaceable accent, his encyclopaedic understanding at once of human nature and of the tricks of his trade. To his dusty little shop one day wanders a young man in search of a job. Howard Cattlet's only assets are an "aristocratic dumb face" and a cutaway a classmate's wedding forced him to buy. What Rumbin needs in his business are exactly the cutaway and young Mr. Cattlet's dumb look. With them is Georgina Horne, Mr. Rumbin's gray-eyed secretary, who makes Cattlet feel that art is long but time fleeting when he can't get her to look at him. Their adventures together, now poor, now basking in the temporary riches of a lucky sale, are filled with true Tarkington gaiety. Behind the exciting progress of Rumbin's fortunes lies a romance reminiscent in its grave and touching beauty of the well-remembered romances in his best-loved books
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