Peck's Bad Boy

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Peck’s Bad Boy

mischievous boy plays pranks on his father. [Am. Lit.: Peck’s Bad Boy, Hart, 642]
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Tarkington's greatest success was <IR> PENROD </IR> (1914), a story of a twelve-year-old boy who for a time rivaled Tom Sawyer and Peck's Bad Boy in the esteem of the American reading public.
If we accept the fact, as indeed we must, that Dodson's "career walked the very edge of theatre history" (298), even those who did not know Owen can become involved intellectually and emotionally in the life struggles of the last child born in 1914 to a mother of forty, whose father saw him and his beloved brother, Kenneth, as the "epitome of gentlemen"--"his Chesterfields," whose life was shaped by growing up in Brooklyn with a high school mentor who "transmuted Peck's Bad Boys into Horatio Algers" (17), whose idyllic years at Bates College and Yale School of Drama set him on a course from which he never veered, and whose writings reflected the pains as well as the joys of living on the edge.