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The Heritage of Hatcher Ide

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Title:The Heritage of Hatcher Ide
Author:
Tarkington, Booth   
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Published:   1940
Publisher:Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc.
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Hatcher Ide lives in Butternut Lane, which might be any street in any once-prosperous suburb, in a mid-western city which might be any small American city after the blight of 1929 had passed over it. His father’s business is on the rocks; his father’s friends keep up a bold front on scanty incomes; the world he knew as a child is a different world now, none too cordial to young men fresh from school.

To complicate his life much more comes Sarah Florian, the rich, twice-divorced young woman driver, back to her birthplace from France by the war, and having some kind of mysterious hold on Hatcher’s own father. The bitter-sweet course of Hatcher’s passion for her is the emotional core of this book, but beyond the compelling flow of the story there is the not less compelling study of middle-class, solid America, as the last decade has dealt with it.—Dustcover. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Tarkington, Booth

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Newton Booth Tarkington (July 29, 1869—May 19, 1946) was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. Tarkington's works often centered on life in the mid-west among everyday Americans attempting to live out their dreams. His literary pieces earned him much fame and attention during his lifetime and led him to win many awards for his work. His idyllic settings made his novels and plays popular with the public. His work described Americans at their best, living lives of carefree bliss in a blessed land. This may not have described what many people actually experienced but it did represent what many people wanted for themselves and for their families.

In the 1910s and 1920s, Tarkington was the great American novelist, as important as Mark Twain. His works were reprinted many times, were often on best-seller lists, won many prizes, and were adapted into other media.

Tarkington began losing his eyesight in the 1920s and was blind in his later years. He continued producing his works by dictating to a secretary. Despite his failing eyesight, between 1928 and 1940 he edited several historical novels by his Kennebunkport, Maine neighbor Kenneth Roberts, who described Tarkington as a "co-author" of his later books and dedicated three of them (Rabble in Arms, Northwest Passage, and Oliver Wiswell) to him.

—newworldencyclopedia.org

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