Archive for February, 2008

Tarkington and the Algonquin

The influence of the New York literary culture, from 1919 to 1929, centered on informal gatherings at the Algonquin Hotel. Tarkington himself talked about how, when he was spending a great deal of his time working on Broadway productions, the gatherings fueled his over-indulgence in alcohol. The St. Petersburg Times has run a commentary on the “Round Table.”

TCM Airs Ambersons

TV Guide offers a thorough review of Orson Welles’ film version of Tarkington’s The Magnificent Ambersons. The film is screening on TCM. The review at TV Guide also has some excellent links to online videos regarding the film.

Tarkington on Mae West

It used to be said, along the coasts of Bohemia in New York, “To the pure all things are impure,” a shot at the Puritans. But even a Bohemian of that day must feel some misgivings now, when he goes to the theatre or reads modern novels and many of the livelier journals, for apparently he has become purified and is in danger of being penetrated by the arrow he himself aimed…