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Tarkington, Booth: His Own People (Illustrated). v1, 24 March 2012
Tarkington leaves behind the American Midwest, his customary fictional territory, in this 1907 novel about a young American, Robert Russ Mellin, who sets off for Europe, where he reinvents himself as a man of wealth and culture. He succeeds well enough to capture the attention of a beautiful French woman, the Comtesse de Vaurigard — and launch himself into a rarefied and decidedly unfamiliar realm. (Barnes & Noble overview).
This short novella is one of Tarkington’s lesser efforts, and might have benefited by editing to a shorter length. There are some very nice descriptive passages, and his sardonic observations of human nature are always a treat.
a brief excerpt:
Two full-page color illustrations by L. Mazzanovich, four full-page B&W illustrations by F. R. Gruger, chapter-head decorations by Wm. St. John Harper. Drop caps.
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