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Booth Tarkington
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    (July 29, 1869-May 19, 1946)
    Born in Indianapolis, Indiana
    Birth name was Newton Booth Tarkington
    Wrote 'Monsieur Beaucaire' (1900), 'Penrod' (1914), 'The Turmoil' (1915), 'Seventeen' (1916), 'The Magnificent Ambersons' (1919) and 'Alice Adams' (1921)
    Served in the Indiana State House of Representatives (1902-03)
    He attended both Purdue and Princeton without graduating from either one.
    Critics called his novels 'incurably sentimental.'
    He called writing, 'A very painful job. Much worse than having measles.'
    With William Faulkner and John Updike, he is one of only three authors to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once.
    He sold over five million novels in the pre-paperback era.
    His only child, Laurel, died at age 17 (1923).
    He went blind, but continued producing books by dictating to a secretary.

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