The Magnificent Ambersons, Booth Tarkington

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Winner of the 1919 Pulitzer Prize. In 1942 Orson Wells directed a film version. The second book in the Growth trilogy, following The Turmoil.

"The Magnificent Ambersons is perhaps Tarkington's best novel," said 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."

Published 1918. (256 Kb)