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For other uses, see Penrod (disambiguation).
Cover 1st edition of Penrod.jpg
First edition
Author Booth Tarkington
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Doubleday, Page
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover)
Followed by Penrod and Sam

Penrod is a collection of comic sketches by Booth Tarkington that was first published in 1914. The book follows the misadventures of Penrod Schofield, an eleven-year-old boy growing up in the pre-World War I Midwestern United States, in a similar vein to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.[1][2] In Penrod, Tarkington established characters who appeared in two further books, Penrod and Sam (1916) and Penrod Jashber (1929). The three books were published together in one volume, Penrod: His Complete Story, in 1931.


Penrod, its sequels, and characters occurring therein were adapted in numerous stage and film versions.


  1. ^ Robert Cortes Holliday, "Booth Tarkington", BiblioLife (June 4, 2009)
  2. ^ Frederic I. Carpenter, "The Adolescent in American Fiction", The English Journal, Vol. 46, No. 6 (Sep., 1957), pp. 313–319
  3. ^ "Audience liked 'Penrod'". Variety. L (13): 14. May 24, 1918. Retrieved 2015-03-21 – via Internet Archive. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Drew, Bernard A. (2013). Motion Picture Series and Sequels: A Reference Guide. Taylor & Francis. p. 252. ISBN 978-1-317-92893-5. 
  5. ^ "Penrod and Sam". Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-03-21. 
  6. ^ "Three Shorts a Week Vitaphone Studio Plan". The Film Daily. LVI (58): 24. September 6, 1931. Retrieved 2015-03-21 – via Internet Archive. 

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