Tarkington Timeline
  • 1869: Birth
  • 1873: Silver Panic Bankrupts Family
  • 1887: Enrolls at Philips Exeter Academy
  • 1890: Matriculates at Purdue
  • 1891: Matriculates at Princeton
  • 1899: The Gentleman From Indiana
  • 1899: Honorary Master’s, Princeton
  • 1902: Marries Louisa Fletcher
  • 1902: Elected to Indiana State House of Representatives
  • 1903: Nearly Dies from Typhoid
  • 1903: Recuperates During First Visit to Kennebunkport
  • 1905: Seclusion on Capri
  • 1906: Daughter Laurel’s Birth
  • 1908: Membership in the National Institute of Arts and Letters
  • 1911: Divorces Louisa
  • 1912: Marries Susanah Kiefer Robinson
  • 1913: The Flirt
  • 1914: Penrod
  • 1916: Seventeen
  • 1918: Honorary Doctorate, Princeton
  • 1919: The Magnificent Ambersons, Pulitzer Prize
  • 1920: Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • 1921: “Most Significant Contemporary American Author” in Publisher’s Weekly bookseller’s poll
  • 1922: Alice Adams, Pulitzer Prize
  • 1922: “America’s Greatest Living Writer,” Literary Digest
  • 1922: Only writer in New York Times’ “10 Greatest Contemporary Americans”
  • 1923: Laurel’s Death
  • 1930: Eyesight Completely Fails
  • 1931: “Cider of Normandy” wins O. Henry Memorial Award
  • 1933: Gold Medal, National Institute
  • 1945: Howell’s Medal, American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • 1946: Dies; buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis

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