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date: 25 January 2020

Tarkington, Boothlocked

(29 July 1869–19 May 1946)
  • James Woodress


Tarkington, Booth (29 July 1869–19 May 1946), novelist and playwright, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of John Stevenson Tarkington, a lawyer and judge, and Elizabeth Booth. Named for his uncle Newton Booth, the governor of California, Tarkington never used “Newton” and was always known by his middle name. He lived most of his life in Indianapolis, watching it grow from a small city into a large industrial complex. He attended high school in Indianapolis but transferred to Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire; he began college at Purdue but finished at Princeton in 1893 without taking a degree. He never wanted to be anything but a writer and for six years after college lived with his parents and collected rejection slips. His persistence paid off, however, when he sent the manuscript of ...

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