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The Magnificent Ambersons
, by Booth Tarkington
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s novel The Magnificent Ambersons
was not only a best-seller when it first appeared in 1918it also won the Pulitzer Prize.
Set in the Midwest in the early twentieth centurythe dawn of the automobile agethe novel begins by introducing the richest family in town, the Ambersons. Exemplifying aristocratic excess, the Ambersons have everything money can buyand more. But George Amberson Minaferthe spoiled grandson of the family patriarchis unable to see that great societal changes are taking place, and that business tycoons, industrialists, and real estate developers will soon surpass him in wealth and prestige. Rather than join the new mechanical age, George prefers to remain a gentleman, believing that being things” is superior to doing things.” But as his town becomes a city, and the family palace is enveloped in a cloud of soot, Georges protectors disappear one by one, and the elegant, cloistered lifestyle of the Ambersons fades from view, and finally vanishes altogether.
A brilliant portrayal of the changing landscape of the American dream, The Magnificent Ambersons is a timeless classic that deserves a wider modern audience. Nahma Sandrow has written extensively about theater and cultural history, including the books Vagabond Stars: A World History of Yiddish Theater and Surrealism: Theater, Arts, Ideas. For many years a professor at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, she has lectured at Oxford University, Harvard University, the Smithsonian, and elsewhere.
About the Author
has written extensively about theater and cultural history, including the books Vagabond Stars: A World History of Yiddish Theater
and Surrealism: Theater, Arts, Ideas
. For many years a professor at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, she has lectured at Oxford University, Harvard University, the Smithsonian, and elsewhere.