“At the blur of parties and receptions at his mansion ‘Seawood’ on South Main Street in Kennebunkport,” writes Portland magazine’s Colin Sargent, “Tarkington’s friends were instructed to rhyme his first name with ‘Soothe,’ easier to swallow if you’ve had a few Sidecars to let people know you’ve really arrived.” If I could have left a comment for Sargent, I would have. What a blast to discover someone so eloquent on Tarkington… and what’s more, who has read My Aimiable Uncle.
In 1908, the New York Times ran a rather tongue-in-cheek (and I suspect craftily fabricated) article about a supposed literary feud between Tarkington and Ade. The two writers corresponded for most of their long adult lives and shared a collaborator in Julian Street. They tended to be each other’s best promoter though they never worked together directly.
From the Butler University Collegian comes the following news about funding for Carmel, Indiana’s Booth Tarkington Theatre: “The city of Carmel will be spending a bit more money in the upcoming year as well to finish the Center for the Performing Arts Complex, including $13.5 million for the Booth-Tarkington (sic) Theater, which will be used for putting on plays and musicals.”