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Presenting Lily Mars

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Title:Presenting Lily Mars
Tarkington, Booth   
(13 of 19 for author by title)
Rumbin Galleries
The Plutocrat
Published:   1932
Publisher:Doubleday, Doran and Company Inc.
Tags:fiction, film/TV adaptation

Lily was a small-town girl who stormed Broadway with her charm and “that other something.” She was quicksilver and flame. One said of her, “Lily, Lily, what are you? Who are you? There must be a real you somewhere within you; but to save my life I can’t find that reality. There’s never anything that stays the same for twenty-four hours together unless it’s this one thing: that you’re always an actress!” This is the story of an actress with a compelling and unquenchable genius for the theatre. But more than this, it is a story of what genius really is. In its reality, its emotional depth and disconcerting beauty, Lily’s history ranks with that of ALICE ADAMS.—Goodreads.com. [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.


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