Best-selling novelist Newton Booth Tarkington was born in Indianapolis in 1869. Tarkington’s first novel, The Gentleman from Indiana (1899), set him on an illustrious career during the Golden Age of Indiana Literature. His Hoosier origins are evident in his literary work, specifically his examination of how urbanization and industrialization changed midwestern life.
Tarkington was a prolific author of short stories, plays, and novels, some of which were made into Hollywood movies and performed on Broadway. He was renowned for his works about adolescent adventures, such as the Penrod series. He won Pulitzer Prizes in 1919 for The Magnificent Ambersons and 1922 for Alice Adams. Tarkington lived here from 1923 until his death in 1946.
Erected 2019 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Doris Anne and Tim Sadler. (Marker Number 49.2020.5.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1899.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. North Meridian Street Historic District (approx. ¼ mile away); Hinkle Fieldhouse (approx. 0.9 miles away); Crown Hill (approx. one mile away); Marshall "Major" Taylor (approx. 1.1 miles away); Crown Hill Racing Legends (approx. 1.4 miles away); Richard Jordan Gatling (approx. 1.4 miles away); Benjamin Harrison (approx. 1.4 miles away); Confederate Mound (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
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