The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth TarkingtonWinner of the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in 1918, The Magnificent Ambersons chronicles the changing fortunes of three generations of an American dynasty. The protagonist of Booth Tarkingtons great historical drama is George Amberson Minafer, the spoiled and arrogant grandson of the founder of the familys magnificence. Eclipsed by a new breed of developers, financiers, and manufacturers, this pampered scion begins his gradual descent from the midwestern aristocracy to the working class. Today The Magnificent Ambersons is best known through the 1942 Orson Welles movie, but as the critic Stanley Kauffmann noted, It is high time that [the novel] appear again, to stand outside the force of Welless genius, confident in its own right. The Magnificent Ambersons is perhaps Tarkingtons best novel, judged 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 Amber-sons, their house, their fate and the growth of the community in which they were submerged in the end.
Booth Tarkington (1869-1946), a prolific writer who achieved overnight success with his first novel, The Gentleman from Indiana (1899), is perhaps best remembered as the author of the popular Penrod adventures and Seventeen (1916). He was awarded a second Pulitzer Prize for the novel Alice Adams (1921).
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South Africa in uproar over painting of president in sex act with Mandela
Say what you will about Jacob Zuma, but our former president has been a constant source of artistic inspiration throughout his reign. The consistently controversial artist almost broke the internet last year with a lewd depiction of Zuma and Mandela having sex. The installation was removed by the mall's security team and the matter handed over to the police. Read the full story here. Some people defended it on the grounds of free of speech, while others insisted that it played into stereotypes about black masculinity. It features a group of protesters holding up a banner that reads "Respect the President's Penis Now".
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Outrage over 'grotesque' painting showing South Africa's President Zuma 'raping' Nelson Mandela
Antonio Brown says he's done with the NFL. Thousands of South Africans have protested against Zuma in recent weeks after his dismissal of a widely respected finance minister increased concerns about government corruption. Zuma has denied any wrongdoing. Some people criticized Zapiro for alleged insensitivity to rape victims. He paid back some money after the Constitutional Court ruled against him last year. Zuma also continues to face occasional protests over his acquittal for rape 10 years ago. Read Next.
Although former president Jacob Zuma might come to mind when controversial artworks of South African leaders are mentioned, late statesman Nelson Mandela has also seen his fair share of provocative depictions. Business Insider reported this is almost double the highest price his work has ever achieved. The buyer has chosen to stay anonymous. The Night Watch! Damaso had done a series of portraits of Mandela but this one had the ANC up in arms.