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Alice Adams

by Booth Tarkington

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About This Item

Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page and Company, 1921. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Good. Alice Adams" by Booth Tarkington. First edition, first printing, first state with the following issue points: First edition has 1921 on both the title page and the copyright page with no other printing stated. There is a first state of the first printing where the words "you" and "why" are transposed on page 419, line 14. It reads "I can't see you why don't wear more colour,". Published by Doubleday, Page & Company, Garden City, N.Y., 1921. Winner of the 1922 Pulitzer Prize for Novel (Fiction). The book measures 5" x 7.75", 434 pages. The book is in very good minus to good plus condition. The boards are well preserved with gently bumped corners. Sunning and soiling to the spine. The front board is slightly cocked. Foxing to the fore-edges, endsheets, and throughout the textblock. Pencil notation on front endpaper. The hinges are cracked with the binding starting. Moisture stains to the top corner of the text on pages 427-34. The textblock is unmarked and complete. Please view the many other rare titles available for purchase at our store. We are always interested in purchasing individual or collections of fine books. Inventory #(Pul-17).

Synopsis

This compelling satire details irresistible characteristics of social status in a small Midwestern town. Mr. and Mrs. Adams and their two children are members of the lower middle-class. Their daughter, Alice, wrestles with this economic classification and attempts to make the society folk of the town appreciate her. Because Alice has no social influence nor wealth and her presence is held in disregard by prospective suitors, Mrs. Adams tries to improve the situation by persuading her husband to leave a job he's held all his life and to establish a new career. After much apprehension and in possession of a glue formula stolen from his previous employer, he resigns his mediocre but satisfying employment which puts him in a predicament that leads to his professional downfall. Tarkington's understanding of class rivalries, social condescension, and financial avarice is evident in this tale where his main point indicates that in every joyless moment hope, though unexpected, is attainable. He illustrates how the Adams' laborious efforts are ultimately unsuccessful. Any intrusion by Alice and her mother on the upper class is unlikely and Tarkington's depiction of such is secretly amusing.

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Bookseller
Ernestoic Books US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
002505
Title
Alice Adams
Author
Booth Tarkington
Format/Binding
Hardcover
Book Condition
Used - Good
Quantity Available
1
Edition
1st Edition
Publisher
Doubleday, Page and Company
Place of Publication
Garden City, NY
Date Published
1921

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Spine
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Fine
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Cracked
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Copyright page
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First Edition
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