Setting

Although the setting is not specifically identified (except as a city with a population of 135,000), it seems likely that the story takes...

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Penrod Literary Techniques

Tarkington deliberately gave Penrod and its two sequels an episodic structure. Children live from day to day, from incident to incident. The...

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Penrod Literary Qualities

Penrod is not a complicated novel and does not meet the criteria that critics set forth for a successful work of literature, although...

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Penrod Social Concerns

The Penrod series features a boy, Penrod Schofield, who lives in the period just before World War I, when, in Tarkington's words, "the stable...

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Penrod Topics for Discussion

1. What sort of literature does Penrod's "Harold Ramorez" represent? Do you read anything today that resembles Penrod's attempt at...

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Penrod Ideas for Reports and Papers

1. Mark Twain is one of many authors who have written "boys' books." How does Penrod compare to Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn? Why...

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Penrod Literary Precedents

Tarkington admitted that Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn influenced his creation of Penrod. His Penrod was in one way more realistic,...

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Penrod Related Titles / Adaptations

Tarkington began writing Penrod's story to please his wife, but the success of the first novel encouraged him to continued writing, and....

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Penrod For Further Reference

Fennimore, Keith J. Booth Tarkington. New York: Twayne, 1974. This book provides an excellent general introduction to Tarkington's...

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Penrod Bibliography

(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Anderson, David M. “The Boy’s World of Booth Tarkington.” Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature Newsletter 5 (1975): 35-42. Discussion of the settings of Penrod and Tarkington’s other novels.

Macaigne, Bernard. “From Tom Sawyer to Penrod: The Child in American Popular Literature, 1870-1910.” Revue Française d’Etudes Americaines 8, no. 17 (May, 1983): 319-331. Discussion of how children, especially boys, are represented in U.S. popular fiction of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Sanders, Scott. Introduction to Penrod, by Booth Tarkington. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985. Sheds light...

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