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Author: Booth Tarkington
ISBN: 0781268753
Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
Publisher Reprint Services Corp (January 1915)
Language English
Category: Fiction
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by Booth Tarkington

Monsieur Beaucaire is a short novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Booth Tarkington that was first published in 1900. The setting is Bath during the eighteenth century.

Monsieur Beaucaire is a short novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Booth Tarkington that was first published in 1900. A barber to a French noble, Beaucaire has since that incident established a reputation for honesty while gambling with English notables in private.

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Monsieur Beaucaire book. Booth Tarkington was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams

Monsieur Beaucaire book. Booth Tarkington was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. He is one of only three novelists to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction/Novel more than once, along with William Faulkner and John Updike. Although he is little read now, in the 1910s and 1920s he was considered America's greatest living author.

Book from Project Gutenberg: Monsieur Beaucaire Library of. .by. Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946.

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Newton Booth Tarkington was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 29, 1869. By the age of sixteen he had written a fourteen-act melodrama about Jesse James. Tarkington was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, then spent his first two years of college at Purdue, and his last two at Princeton.

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Short story length, unfunny and unnecessary. Why was Tarkington so grandly famous -- for a period. He repped, I guess, the end of US innocence.
Published at the dawn of a new century Tarkington's second novel is not representative of his subsequent works, in that it is not based on personal experience nor set in his beloved Midwest. A light-hearted "costume" romance the plot centers on a barber for the French ambassador, who arrives in Victorian England, where he is secretly smitten by a lovely English milady of noble birth. Normally he would have no way to gain an introduction to her exalted social circle, but he happens to observe a real nobleman, the Duke of Winterset, cheating at cards. Our hero uses this circumstance to blackmail the cheat--not for money, but for his silence and a formal introduction into Bath society.

Lady Mary Carlisle is gradually impressed by this French suitor, the Duc de Chateaurien ("castle-nothing"), whose sallies into Society disgust the irate Duke who must maintain a discreet silence. A nobleman's honor/reputation is more important than even his life. All the elements of an adventure romance are present, as the real Duke plots to expose the fraud while salvaging his honor. Yet there are sublte hints that the author is deliberately withholding some vital information from his readers. Ah--it is cruel to trifle with a lady's heart by living a lie, so
who is the worse cheat now?

A light-hearted read which inspired Hollywood movies and an operetta MONSIEUR BEAUCAIRE offers subtle themes for the discreet reader: External beauty often mirrors internal beauty. Also, that Honesty and Kindness are more praiseworthy than wealth and rank. (Well, an American's egalitarian viewpoint, at any rate.) So how will Lady Mary react when her French Duc is unmasked? Or will he confess all to her and throw himself on her mercy? Will she ultimately regret her hasty decision? A literary soap opera disguised as a period piece--related with the Yankee touch-- this novella proves an amusing read for armchair swashbucklers.
This short novel is mainly notable as being one of Tarkington's earliest (1900), one that predates both his fame and his common focus on life in the American Midwest. It is an historical novel, set in 19th century England. Monsieur Beaucaire is a French expatriate living as a professional gambler, and who catches a local Duke cheating at cards. He blackmails the Duke into introducing him into British society. The Duke attempts to gain revenge and the action that follows involves duels, swordplay, fair ladies, and intrigue. The novel implicitly comments on stratified societies in which social status is valued over ability and character. However, the author doesn't sustain the theme, since at the denouement, royal rank trumps all else. The lesson seems to be not to judge a person by their appearance.

The plot is light and frivolous, and does not compare well against such other period pieces as "Prisoner of Zenda" and "The Three Musketeers." In addition, I found the heavy French- accented English used by the main character to be a major distraction that hinders flow of the text. Nevertheless, it's clear from the Amazon reviews that several readers have enjoyed this book.

This book is among Tarkington's weaker works, and it may seem surprising that it has not been forgotten like so many of the author's other novels. However, it was made into a play (1904) and an operetta (1919), and has provided the basis for three movies. What's more, Heritage Press gave it new life when it reissued the book in 1960 as an attractive collector's edition, with original colored illustrations and housed in a slipcase.
"Monsieur Beaucaire" is Booth Tarkington's second novel which was originally published in 1900. It is would probably be considered a novelette today due to its short length. The story is that of Monsieur Victor Beaucaire, the barber of the French Ambassador, the Marquis de Mirepoix, who uses the English Duke of Winterset's cheating against him to force the Duke to introduce him to Bath's society, and in particular Lady Mary Carlisle, as Le Duc de Chateaurien.

Monsieur Beaucaire initially gains the notice of Lady Mary Carlisle, but this gets the attention of other potential suitors, and Monsieur Beaucaire has to defend the honor of his queen, and his "friend", the Duke of Winterset. Monsieur Beaucaire is successful in these initial attempts to defend his honor, but at the same time the reader learns that there is probably more to his story than they have initially been told. At the same time, the Duke has not forgotten the embarrassment of being caught cheating at cards, and the way he was used to get him to introduce a commoner into society. still holds a grudge. Winterset's plot to expose Beaucaire works as he expects, but once again the reader is sure that there is something to Beaucaire's story which is not being told. All is revealed in the end, when Beaucaire faces his doubters in front of the Lady Carlisle.

This is a very short piece, which can easily be read in one or two sittings, and it is a fun read. It is lighter in tone than Tarkington's first effort, "The Gentleman from Indiana", which is not surprising given the much shorter length. There is no character development to speak of, and unlike the first novel this is not one from which Tarkington is writing from his own personal experience, nor is it a story from the heartland of America which was his more usual setting. Yet, despite the light and almost superficial story telling, this book has been the basis for two movies. The first starred Rudolph Valentino and is a silent movie from 1924. The second is a Bob Hope movie from 1946. It also served as the basis for an operetta.