(1869-1946), a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, published the first of his many novels,
The Gentleman from Indiana
, in 1899. He served a single term in Indiana's House of Representatives in 1902-1903. His long and commercially successful literary career was divided between the writing of fiction and plays. Two of his novels,
The Magnificent Ambersons
, were awarded the Pulitzer Prize. His Penrod books for young adults were widely popular in their time.