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Kate was an incurable manager, from childhood, when she took her charming but drunken father firmly in hand, to her final capitulation, after years of matrimony, to the second chance with the husband she had worshipped—and loved—and married—and bossed for years. The situations Kate found at hand demanded a guiding spirit—so we share her urge to direct events; and Kate does it well enough, except when her own interests are involved. And then her poisonous—and too, too obvious (one would think) neighbor—steals the candy right from under her nose. This is the story of a lifelong duel between Kate and bad Lalia; the setting is just the sort of Mid-West town that Tarkington knows best....—Kirkus Review. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Tarkington, Booth
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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