07-01-08

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07-01-08

8hrs 11min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction

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“Tarkington’s story of ambition and delusion…still packs a punch.” AudioFile

Winner of the 1922 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Plucky and romantic Alice tries to rise above the crudities of her hopelessly shabby background in this Pulitzer Prize–winning classic about ambition and self-delusion.

The lower-middle class Adams family faces a slow disintegration in a small Midwestern town. Alice, a social climber, is ashamed of her unsuccessful family and determined to distinguish herself. Lacking the social props she needs to shine in society, Alice attends a dance and lies about her background, hoping to attract a wealthy husband. But in the end, her high aspirations must be tempered by the reality of her situation.

Alice Adams’ resiliency of spirit makes her one of Tarkington’s most compelling female characters.

Praise

“Tarkington’s story of ambition and delusion…still packs a punch.” AudioFile

“In Alice Adams Booth Tarkington momentarily ceased his detached contemplation of the foibles of youth and wrote a highly subjective story of an American family. Without abandoning his great gift for exposing the comic details of adolescent behavior, he was able to regard Alice’s difficulties with interior sympathy and understanding.” New York Times

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Language English
Release Day Jun 30, 2008
Release Date July 1, 2008
Release Date Machine 1214870400
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Pulitzers Prize Winners, Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Classics, Literary Fiction, Most Popular, Classics, Evergreen Classics, Most Popular, Classics, Fiction - All, Fiction - Adult
Author Bio
Booth Tarkington

Booth Tarkington (1869–1946), who achieved overnight success with his first novel, The Gentleman from Indiana (1899), is perhaps best remembered as the author of the popular Penrod adventures and Seventeen. He was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes for Literature and in 1933 received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Narrator Bio
Traci Svendsgaard

Traci Svendsgaard is a veteran of a twenty-five year voice-over career. In addition, she and her husband, Lars, host The Retro Lounge on Jefferson Public Radio. They live a simple life in Southern Oregon.

Overview

Winner of the 1922 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Plucky and romantic Alice tries to rise above the crudities of her hopelessly shabby background in this Pulitzer Prize–winning classic about ambition and self-delusion.

The lower-middle class Adams family faces a slow disintegration in a small Midwestern town. Alice, a social climber, is ashamed of her unsuccessful family and determined to distinguish herself. Lacking the social props she needs to shine in society, Alice attends a dance and lies about her background, hoping to attract a wealthy husband. But in the end, her high aspirations must be tempered by the reality of her situation.

Alice Adams’ resiliency of spirit makes her one of Tarkington’s most compelling female characters.

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