Molly P. Michael collection of Booth Tarkington material

Molly P. Michael collection of Booth Tarkington material

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946
Title: Molly P. Michael collection of Booth Tarkington material
Dates: 1896-1990
Quantity: 3.25 Linear feet (3 boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3820

Biographical/Historical Note

Newton Booth Tarkington was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his novels, The Magnificent Ambersons (1918) and Alice Adams (1921). He was born to John S. Tarkington and Elizabeth Booth Tarkington in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 29, 1869. He attended Purdue and later Princeton University where he helped establish the Triangle Club, a musical theatre troupe in which he acted and co-wrote plays. Tarkington also edited the university's Nassau Literary Magazine. While Tarkington was very active on campus and popular among his peers, he never completed a degree from Princeton.

Tarkington received the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams, making him one of only four novelists to win the award more than once. A Publisher's Weekly poll in 1921 declared him the most significant contemporary American author. He won the O. Henry Memorial Award in 1931 for his short story "Cider of Normandy," and several of his works, including The Two Vanrevels and Mary's Neck, appeared on bestsellers lists. Many of Tarkington's novels were set in his home state of Indiana and reflected his midwestern background, including his family's financial struggles resulting from the Panic of 1873.

Tarkington was married to Laurel Fletcher from 1902 until their divorce in 1911. Their only child, Laurel, was born in 1906 and died in 1923. He married Susanah Keifer Robinson in 1912, but they had no children. Tarkington began losing his eyesight in the 1920s and was blind in his later years, but continued producing his works by dictating to a secretary. He spent much of his later life at his beloved home Seawood in Kennebunkport, Maine. Tarkington passed away in 1946.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists primarily of magazines from the early twentieth century featuring Tarkington's short stories, as well as musical scores and theatre programs from performances of his plays. The collection also includes a small portion of correspondence, clippings, movie posters, and printed ephemera relating to film adaptations of his work.

Index Terms

Dramatists--United States.
Magazines (periodicals).
Michael, Molly P.
Motion pictures--United States.
Novelists, American--20th century.
Printed ephemera.
Theater programs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Molly P. Michael collection of Booth Tarkington material, ms 3820, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related collections in other repositories include the Booth Tarkington Collection, Accession 7416, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library, the Booth Tarkington Papers, 1812-1956; 1812-1956 (mostly 1899-1946), Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library, and the Booth Tarkington Collection, M 0274, Indiana Historical Society.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1A1The American, 1945 February
2American Legion (2), 1943-1945
3Book of the Month Club News, 1932 January
4Boys' Life, 1943 September
OS BoxFolder
11Collier's Magazine (2), 1917-1927
1A5Cosmopolitan, "Temptations of a Young Author"
OS BoxFolder
12The Delineator, 1923 December
1A6Films in Review, 1978 January
7Firsts: The Book Collectors' Magazine, 1999 April
8Good Housekeeping, 1933-1934
9Hearst's International, 1923 December
10House and Garden, 1942 November
OS BoxFolder
13Ladies Home Journal (4), 1926-1937
4Life, 1939 September 4
1A11Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, 1968 February
OS BoxFolder
15McCall's (3), 1929-1935
1A12McClure's Magazine, 1905 August
OS BoxFolder
16Metropolitan, 1917 December
1A13"The Middle West"
14November Leaf, 1896
15Pearson's Magazine, 1903 March
OS BoxFolder
17Radio and Amusement Guide, 1933 February 12-18
1A16Reality: The World's Searchlight on Germany
17Redbook Magazine (2), 1922-1933
OS BoxFolder
18Saturday Evening Post (7)
1B1Smart Set, 1928 February
2St. Nicholas, 1928 February
3Time (2), 1925-1943
4The Trumpeter, 1936 September 10
5Woman's Day, 1942 June
OS BoxFolder
19Woman's Home Companion, 1933 November
1B6Bristol Glass program, Ohio Theatre, 1923 April 2
7Clarence program, Hudson Theatre, 1919
8Drake's Drum program, Princeton University, 1923-1924
9Gentle Julia press book
10How's Your Health? program, Vanderbilt Theatre, 1929
11The Man from Home program, Astor Theatre, 1908
12Mister Antonio program, Ohio Theatre, 1923 January 15
13The Ohio Lady program, Blackstone Theatre
14Tarkington Night program, Murat Theatre, 1934 February 23
15Tweedles, The Boothbay Playhouse
16"Dear Little Boy of Mine" score
17"Give Me That Rose" score
18"Love and the Moon" score
19"Monsieur Beaucaire" score
20"Reciprocity" score
21"Soon" score
21Correspondence, 1922-1982
2Clippings, 1935-1990
3Microfiche - "What the Victory or Defeat of Germany Means to Every American"
OS BoxFolder
110Penrod and Sam movie poster, 1931
11The Magnificent Ambersons movie poster (reprint)
24Printed ephemera