As Indiana’s birthday swiftly approaches (December 11!) we are taking a look at prominent Hoosiers. This week’s feature is Booth Tarkington. The IU Digital Library Program has a good, short biography in their Indiana Authors project: Booth Tarkington Biography.
To summarize, Tarkington was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1869. He split his time in high school between Indianapolis and the Phillips Exeter Academy. He then returned to Indiana to attend Purdue for two years, before transferring to Princeton. Booth Tarkington mostly wrote about middle class families in Indiana… his most famous books being The Magnificent Ambersons (winner of the 1919 Pulitzer Prize), Alice Adams (winner of the 1921 Pulitzer), The Gentleman from Indiana (1900), and Penrod (1914). Alice Adams and The Magnificent Ambersons were both made into films. Orson Wells directed and wrote the screenplay for The Magnificent Ambersons, and Katharine Hepburn starred in Alice Adams. Both films can be checked out from the Wells Library:
For more information on Booth Tarkington:
- Booth Tarkington, gentleman from Indiana- PS3539.A7 Z93 1969
- Booth Tarkington, by Keith J. Fennimore.- PS3539.A7 Z58, (ALF)
- A bibliography of Booth Tarkington, 1869-1946 - PS3539.A7 Z396
- A collection of ephemeral printed material by, or about, Booth Tarkington - PS3539 .A7 (Lilly Library)
Booth Tarkington is one of Indiana’s many famous authors. Check out our map of authors from Indiana’s “Golden Age of Literature”: