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Newton Booth Tarkington (July 29, 1869 – May 19, 1946) was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. He is, with Philip Roth, William Faulkner and John Updike, one of only four novelists to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Hard Press (November 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406951633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406951639
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,980,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great chracter developement..he was a Pulitzer prize winner..
Wetchua
The time of from writing novels appears to have done him good, as this time he does not appear to be writing a variation on a novel he had already written.
Dave_42
A strong showing by Tarkington, with a great mix of comedy and tragedy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave_42 on October 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After several years of focusing on plays, Booth Tarkington returned to writing novels in 1913 with "The Flirt". Published originally in the Saturday Evening Post, from December 21st 1912 to February 15th 1913, the first of his novels to be serialized in that periodical, "The Flirt" was the first novel published after his return to the United States from Europe and his first novel to be serialized in the Saturday Evening Post. The time of from writing novels appears to have done him good, as this time he does not appear to be writing a variation on a novel he had already written. Though set in a Capitol City, a fictitious small city, like many of his previous efforts, the plot is quite different.

The title character is Cora Madison, the younger of the two Madison sisters. Cora overshadows her older sister, Laura, who is also beautiful, but whose personality is such that she is not noticed when Cora is around. Cora enjoys manipulating men, and the story opens with a new challenge arriving in the form of Valentine Corliss, a man who lived in Capitol City when he was young, but who is returning for the first time in many years. He happens to own the house that the Madison's live in, and he claims to be returning to sell it and gather as many funds as possible to invest in oil fields in southern Italy which have recently been discovered and few know about.

Other key characters include Richard Lindley, who was believed to be Cora's beau at the start of the book, but a man she has grown tired of; Ray Vilas, a former boyfriend of Cora's who has turned to drink in his frustration and still wants to win her back; Mr. Pryor, the one man who knows about Valentine Corliss' past; and Wade Trumble, another would-be suitor of Cora Madison.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AmyM on January 17, 2011
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I enjoyed this story, in particular the teasing and rivalry between the three siblings. The character development is great, but the story is not for everyone. You feel sorry for poor Laura, living in sister Cora's shadow, but you do have an idea how things will turn out from the get-go, making the ending sort of anti-climatic. It's not so much a love story, as a tale of life in a small town during a period in time when communication with other parts of the world was not as quick, and scam artists were rampant. There are a lot of typos, but they don't interfere with the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wetchua on May 11, 2011
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Discovered this novel by accident, went on and ordered ALL books by Booth Tarkington..so witty, satirical and beautifully written..cannot put it down till finished!!
Great chracter developement..he was a Pulitzer prize winner..I can see why.
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His books are about a period in history when people actually had rules of civility and a well brought up girl might actually blush if a blue remark was made in her presence, but Booth had great sense of humor and this and Seventeen and especially the Penrod series all made me laugh a lot.

His serious books, Alice Adams and The Magnificent Ambersons, are top notch in terms of understanding human self rationalizations for bad behavior, but I don't like to read about crummy people so didn't really enjoy them. But if you like serious drama, I'd recommend them too because they are the best of the type (Pulitzer prize winning).
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