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Novel by Tarkington, published in 1914. Penrod and Sam (1916) and Penrod Jashber (1929) are sequels.

This humorous narrative tells of the typical adventures of a 12-year-old American boy, Penrod Schofield, reared according to middle-class standards in a small Midwestern city. With his mongrel dog, Duke, and such intimates of his own age as Sam Williams and the black brothers Herman and Verman, Penrod is involed in characteristic frays and scrapes, and exhibits a healthy attitude toward the tyranny of parents and teachers, sometimes tolerating them but generally engaging in active warfare and subterfuge.

Subjects: Literature.

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Booth Tarkington (1869—1946)

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