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The World Does Move

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Title:The World Does Move
Tarkington, Booth   
(18 of 19 for author by title)
Young Mrs. Greeley
Published:   1921
Publisher:Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc.
Tags:biography, non-fiction

Smoothly written and closely observed, the second of Booth Tarkington’s semi-autobiographical accounts, The World Does move gives weight and specificity to what otherwise seems a cliche.

The World Does Move concerns Tarkington’s life from around 1900 (he characterizes the beginning only as the fin de siècle) to 1928, though he is at pains to make it known that the book is not a species of ‘autobiographical writing—for this is not a personal memoir.’ What he hopes to capture is the changes in the eras, from the fin de siècle to the 1920s. The book lacks the anger of some of his earlier works on the changes to the Midwest (and Indianapolis, which he christens here Midland) and is more ruminative.—Joshua Buhs, goodreads.com. [Suggest a different description.]

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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.


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