Tarkington was very much a believer in the metaphysical, and wrote at length on the subject in The World Does Move and “As I See Myself.” As a young man, he often participated in seances at the Tarkington home, very much in vogue at the turn of the 20th Century. As James Woodress, Tarkington’s biographer, doesn’t even mention The Ghost Story, this article, is of some note. Also worth noting is that the subtitle to the play is, “A One-Act Play for Persons of No Great Age.”
The Merrimack Repertory Theatre is touting its “REGIONAL PREMIERE!” to be staged 11/26/2010 - 12/19/2010. “Magically and imaginatively delivered, it is a distinctly American and spiritually uplifting holiday story for the whole family filled with humor, heart and hope.”
“It is believed that the Asheville Historical Resources Commission’s copy stored at Ramsey Library is the only copy of the film. It was obviously re-copied onto CBEMA film stock at an unknown date. The AFI catalog notes that there were 7 reels in the original film. The reels at Ramsey Library number only 4. The film was discovered in Russia in the 1980s.”
A few months back, an unidentified enterprising individual (perhaps someone from the nascent Tarkington Appreciation Society?) created a community page on Facebook for collecting news about all things Tarkington. But now, the Facebook | Booth Tarkington page (with 204 “likes”) isn’t really a community of Facebook members… it’s a summary of all the posts on Facebook that have the slightest connection to Tarkington. So if anyone on Facebook, for instance, posts a quote from Tarkington, you’ll see it listed there. Whoopee!