October 27, 2008 by Reader's Connection
We’re excited about Tom Torluemke’s mural–newly installed in the Indianapolis Special Collections Room at Central Library–which was inspired in part by Booth Tarkington’s novel, The Magnificent Ambersons.
Winner of two of the first Pulitzer prizes for literature (The Magnificent Ambersons in 1919, and Alice Adams in 1922), Tarkington was best known for his stories describing middle-class life in the American Midwest. A prolific writer, he produced 171 stories, 9 novellas, 21 novels, and 19 plays besides a number of movie scenarios, illustrations, and radio dramas. Perhaps his most surprising achievement was a short term in the Indiana House of Representatives (1902-03).
His works in the Indianapolis Special Collections Room number over 120 titles, about half of them autographed. The collection also holds eleven boxes of both handwritten and typed pages relating to the creation of Tarkington’s novel Kate Fennigate. –Lois Laube, Central Library