Booth Tarkington (1869-1946) was one of the most popular writers of the early 20th Century, who first achieved acclaim with his historical romance Monsieur Beaucaire (1900). But his more characteristic work was found in such vels as The Gentleman from Indiana (1899), The Conquest of Canaan (1905), and the trilogy consisting of Turmoil (1915), The Magnificent Ambersons (1918) and The Midlander (1921). He won two Pulitzer Prizes for vels, for The Magnificent Ambersons and for Alice Adams (1921). The Magnificent Ambersons was memorably filmed by Orson Welles in 1942. Tarkington is also ted for several charming, idealized vels about childhood and adolescence, such as Penrod (1914) and Seventeen (1916), which occur squarely in the middle of the line of literary development that leads from Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer up to Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine. They are classics of period Americana. This edition of Penrod also reprints Gordon Grant's charming illustrations from the 1914 edition.