1920 edition; Doubleday, Page & Company publishers; hardbound in blue boards with gilt lettering on spine (somewhat faded - see pic); very good condition with unmarked pages; no dust jacket.
"In The Arena: Stories of Political Life" was originally published in 1905. It is a collection of short stories by Booth Tarkington all of which have something to do with politics. The book is divided into two parts. Part I consists of four short stories, and Part II has two short stories. All these stories had been printed before, but there is also a short introductory section titled "In The First Place" which very generally links the stories together and sets the tone for the book.
Newton Booth Tarkington (July 29, 1869 - May 19, 1946) was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. He is one of only three novelists to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once, along with William Faulkner and John Updike. Although he is little read now, in the 1910s and 1920s he was the U.S.'s greatest living author. Booth Tarkington was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of John S. Tarkington and Elizabeth Booth Tarkington. He was named after his maternal uncle Newton Booth, then the governor of California. He was also related to Chicago Mayor James Hutchinson Woodworth through Woodworth's wife Almyra Booth Woodworth.