David Rain on The Magnificent Ambersons
The latest issue of literary journal Slightly Foxed (Issue 41, Spring 2014) features an article by David Rain called “Git a Hoss!” in which he discusses the 1918 family saga The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington. Famously filmed by Orson Welles in the 1940s, The Magnificent Ambersons came in at No. 100 on Modern Library’s 1998 listing of the best English-language novels of the twentieth century. Though largely forgotten today, Booth Tarkington (1869-1946) was a bestselling writer in his time and twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Slightly Foxed, subtitled “The Real Readers’ Quarterly,” is a handsomely produced British magazine, written in an engagingly informal style, in which contemporary readers, writers and critics discuss old books that mean something to them. The Foxed team also run a bookshop in London and a publishing house specialising in high-quality reprints of forgotten classics. You can read about all things Foxed here.