Next Monday will be the 150th anniversary of Newton Booth Tarkington’s birth, and the impending occasion has prompted some long-overdue attention to author once called “The Dean of American Letters.”
A couple of months ago I ran across news of the publication of a new collection–Tarkington: Novels & Stories–a Library of America volume that includes The […]


Small-town newspaper editor John Harkless incurs the vengeance of local politicos and Klansmen while his melancholy steers him into an unexpected romance. A fine first novel with some wonderful prose and still-relevant themes, if over-plotted.