Booth Tarkington’s Memoirs of Time and Place, 1869–1928
Imprint: Front Porch Republic Books
"In these autobiographical reflections of a major American writer we encounter a surprisingly cogent defense of 'the other America,' the America of Aunt Polly and the Widow Douglas. Booth Tarkington deserves rediscovery, and in the game of literary reputations, he also demands reappraisal."
--Mark C. Henrie, editor of Arguing Conservatism
"Tarkington grew up near grandparents whose memories stretched back to the founding of the Republic, and his own life extended into the nuclear age. In these vivid, wry, and often moving memoirs, he draws on that full range of experience to reveal, through the lens of his own life, the modern story of the heartland. It is a story of the transition from an agrarian society moving at the speed of nature to a technological society moving at the speed of electricity. Along the way he draws an engaging portrait of the artist as a young man--an artist who grew up to write novels and plays enjoyed around the world."
--Scott Russell Sanders, author of Earth Works
"Nearly forgotten today, Booth Tarkington deserves our revived attention--not simply as a historical figure (he was, after all, the most popular American storyteller of the early 20th century) but also as a writer whose skill and wit and charm transcend his time and place. All thanks to Jeremy Beer for unearthing this enchanting memoir."
--Andrew Ferguson, author of Land of Lincoln