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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Bibliography (Masterplots II: American Fiction Series, Revised Edition)
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.