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Booth Tarkington Letters to the Burrages

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Tarkington, Booth

Booth Tarkington (1869–1946), native of Indianapolis and student at Purdue and Princeton universities (Princeton Class of 1893), was perhaps Indiana's most famous author, both as a playwright and as novelist. His best-known works were written in the first decades of the twentieth century: The Gentleman from Indiana (1899), Penrod (1910), Seventeen (1917), The Magnificent Ambersons (1918), and Alice Adams (1921). The last two won Pulitzer Prizes. In his work he showed an appreciation of the development of his native city, and an amiable understanding of the real and imagined problems of young people. He was an early member of The Dramatic Club, founded in 1889, and often wrote plays and directed and acted in its productions.

The collection consists of 42 letters by Tarkington to Mildred and Madeleine Burrage, friends that he and his wife made in Kennebunkport, Maine. Included are typed transcripts (Xeroxes) of the letters, with footnotes.

The letters are arranged chronologically.

Gift of Mildred G. Burrage in 1979 (AM80-49).

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Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

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Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2008
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Collection Inventory

Typed transcripts of the Tarkington Letters, with footnotes, 1938-1946. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letters to Madeleine and Mildred Burrage, 1938-1946. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

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