The Magnificent Ambersons (Growth Trilogy Vol 2) Version 2

Booth TARKINGTON (1869 - 1946)

The Magnificent Ambersons is a 1918 novel by Booth Tarkington which won the 1919 Pulitzer Prize. It was the second novel in the Growth trilogy, which included The Turmoil (1915) and The Midlander (1923, retitled National Avenue in 1927). In 1942 Orson Welles directed a film version, also titled The Magnificent Ambersons. The novel and trilogy traces the growth of the United States through the declining fortunes of three generations of the aristocratic Amberson family in a fictional Mid-Western town, between the end of the Civil War and the early part of the 20th century, a period of rapid industrialization and socio-economic change in America. The decline of the Ambersons is contrasted with the rising fortunes of industrial tycoons and other new-money families, which did not derive power from family names but by "doing things". As George Amberson's friend (name unspecified) says, "don't you think being things is 'rahthuh bettuh' than doing things?" "The Magnificent Ambersons is perhaps Tarkington's best novel," said Van Wyck Brooks. "[It is] a typical story of an American family and town—the great family that locally ruled the roost and vanished virtually in a day as the town spread and darkened into a city. This novel no doubt was a permanent page in the social history of the United States, so admirably conceived and written was the tale of the Ambersons, their house, their fate and the growth of the community in which they were submerged in the end." (Summary from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter 01 Jeannie
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Play 02 Chapter 02 Jeannie
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Play 03 Chapter 03 Jeannie
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Play 04 Chapter 04 Jeannie
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Play 05 Chapter 05 Jeannie
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Play 06 Chapter 06 Jeannie
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Play 07 Chapter 07 Jeannie
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Play 08 Chapter 08 Jeannie
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Play 09 Chapter 09 Jeannie
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Play 10 Chapter 10 Jeannie
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Play 11 Chapter 11 Jeannie
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Play 12 Chapter 12 Jeannie
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Play 13 Chapter 13 Jeannie
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Play 14 Chapter 14 Jeannie
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Play 15 Chapter 15 Jeannie
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Play 16 Chapter 16 Jeannie
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Play 17 Chapter 17 Jeannie
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Play 18 Chapter 18 Jeannie
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Play 19 Chapter 19 Jeannie
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Play 20 Chapter 20 Jeannie
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Play 21 Chapter 21 Jeannie
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Play 22 Chapter 22 Jeannie
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Play 23 Chapter 23 Jeannie
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Play 24 Chapter 24 Jeannie
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Play 25 Chapter 25 Jeannie
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Play 26 Chapter 26 Jeannie
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Play 27 Chapter 27 Jeannie
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Play 28 Chapter 28 Jeannie
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Play 29 Chapter 29 Jeannie
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Play 30 Chapter 30 Jeannie
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Play 31 Chapter 31 Jeannie
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Play 32 Chapter 32 Jeannie
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Play 33 Chapter 33 Jeannie
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Play 34 Chapter 34 Jeannie
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Play 35 Chapter 35 Jeannie
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