Next Monday will be the 150th anniversary of Newton Booth Tarkington’s birth, and the impending occasion has prompted some long-overdue attention to author once called “The Dean of American Letters.”
A couple of months ago I ran across news of the publication of a new collection–Tarkington: Novels & Stories–a Library of America volume that includes The […]

This lightly-plotted story concerns a 22-year-old young woman, flirty, thoughtless, and self-absorbed. She is 22, virginal, living at home with her parents, socially isolated, ordinary, and virtually skill-less. What is to become of a girl like Alice?