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The Magnificent Ambersons

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Publisher Comments:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in 1918, 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.

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."

"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."

Synopsis:

An underappreciated novel that might better be remembered (unfavorably) as the 1943 Orson Welles movie, "The Magnificent Ambersons" tells the story of George Amberson Menafer and his Hoosier family. Winner of the 1919 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

About the Author

Booth Tarkington (1869-1946), a prolific writer who achieved overnight success with his first novel, The Gentleman from Indiana (1899), is perhaps best remembered as the author of the popular Penrod adventures and Seventeen (1916). He was awarded a second Pulitzer Prize for the novel Alice Adams (1921).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375752506
Author:
Tarkington, Booth
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Mothers and sons
Subject:
Family
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Inheritance and succession
Subject:
Indiana
Subject:
Family -- Indiana -- Fiction.
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
fiction;american;pulitzer;novel;pulitzer prize;classic;indiana;classics;literature;american literature;historical fiction;20th century;family saga;family;usa
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1998
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library 100 Best Novels
Publication Date:
19980914
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.02x5.24x.63 in. .53 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , An underappreciated novel that might better be remembered (unfavorably) as the 1943 Orson Welles movie, "The Magnificent Ambersons" tells the story of George Amberson Menafer and his Hoosier family. Winner of the 1919 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
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