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2735. Lot 6 Booth Tarkington (1869-1946) related photos) c.1936.

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2735. Lot 6 Booth Tarkington (1869-1946) related photos) c.1936.

2735. Lot 6 Booth Tarkington (1869-1946) related photos) c.1936. A native of Indianapolis, student at Princeton (Class of 1893), was perhaps Indiana’s most famous author, both as playwright and as novelist. His best-known works were written in the first decades of the twentieth century: The Gentleman from Indiana (1899), Penrod (1910), Seventeen (1917), The Magnificent Ambersons (1918), and Alice Adams (1921). The last two won Pulitzer Prizes. The 1921 Publishers Weekly poll of booksellers rated him the most significant contemporary American author, above Sinclair Lewis, Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg. His short story, “Cider of Normandy,” won the 1931 O. Henry Memorial Award. Tarkington was married twice. His first marriage, in 1902 to Laurel Louise Fletcher, ended in divorce in 1911. In 1912 he married Susanah Kiefer Robinson of Dayton. During their later years, the Tarkingtons spent about half of each year at their home in Indianapolis and the other half at Seawood, the home they developed at Kennebunkport, Maine. The home at Kennebunkport included, besides the house, a schooner- the Regina, and “The Floats,” a boathouse to which Tarkington went afternoons for coffee and conversation. Writer Kenneth Roberts was a close neighbor and friend. The boathouse is now the Kennebunkport Maritime Museum/Gallery. Lot includes six photographs removed from an album and include views of the schooner Regina, Mrs. Fog, Tarkington’s nurse, and of Captain Montgomery, who was the inspiration for “Captain Ballentine” in Tarkington’s books. The views of the schooner Regina, owned by author Booth Tarkington, show her docked on the Kennebunk River. This schooner served as Tarkington’s summer studio as well. Two views show scenes of Booth’s shipkeeper or captain, on deck of the Regina, in the 1930’s. All in excellent condition, very sharp and clear, perfect for framing. (VG+). $64.