Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington Analysis

Literary Techniques

In The Show Piece (1947), one of Tarkington's posthumously published works, he explains what he means by an "investigatory novel." It...

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Alice Adams Literary Precedents

A servant or lower-class person posing as a member of the upper class is a stock character in farces, or in contemporary situation comedies....

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Alice Adams Adaptations

Excerpts from Alice Adams were anthologized, and the book was translated into several foreign languages. It was twice made into a...

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Alice Adams Bibliography (Masterpieces of American Fiction)

Fennimore, Keith J. Booth Tarkington. New York: Twayne, 1974. An excellent introduction to the author’s life and work.

Mayberry, Susanah. My Amiable Uncle: Recollections About Booth Tarkington. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press, 1983. An important contribution to Tarkington’s biography.

Sorkin, Adam J. “ She Doesn’t Last, Apparently’: A Reconsideration of Booth Tarkington’s Alice Adams.” American Literature 46 (1974): 182-199. A sympathetic and reasoned analysis of Alice Adams. Sorkin argues for greater critical attention to Tarkington generally and to Alice Adams in particular.

Woodress, James. Booth Tarkington, Gentleman from Indiana. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1955. An important biography, this volume offers some analysis of the novels.