Archive for June, 2012

The Return of Penrod

81-year-old Bill Barnes is so enthused about having read Booth Tarkington’s Penrod that he wants everyone to hear about it. It’s a publicity stunt 70 years in the making. Here’s the news item out of Weatherford, Texas, as reported at Seattle’s

Turmoil Gets Rare Review

The Turmoil was one of the first novels I read when I started plowing my way through Tarkington’s full library many years ago. It intrigued me because its pre-War sympathies sided so strongly with workers’ rights and the victims of speculation. Tarkington would later become a staunch anti-industrialist, but in The Turmoil he comes off as a distinct anti-capitalist as well… and a weepy sentimentalist. I enjoyed the bathos of the novel immensely.