Though Penrod was popular among young readers, Tarkington is speaking to an adult readership.
They have not quite the rowdy actuality of Mr. Tarkington's urchins.
And yet much of Tarkington's work is flawed by a curious failing.
Until I asked Mr. Tarkington about it I had heard only two opinions as to the probable effect on literature of the war.
After a good lay-off he tackled the Tarkington book, which was written in Indianapolis the following winter and spring.
Mr. Tarkington had some interesting things to say about that venerable mirage, the Great American Novel.
Mr. Tarkington is said to be exceedingly companionable and entirely without self-consciousness and egotism.
And this is one of the fine qualities of Mr. Tarkington's imaginative synthesis.
I have alluded more than once to Mr. Holliday's book on Tarkington.
While stopping at a little Hoosier hotel in the course of a hunting trip Mr. Tarkington lost one of his dogs.