The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
1918 Pulitzer Prize
"The Magnificent Ambersons" are a fading family in the Midwest. Once very rich, they were the cream of society. Now, two generations later, their glory is being forgotten as the modern world comes to life.
As life and the town around him changes, young George feels his place is to be a gentleman of leisure.
I loved this book. I hadn't heard of it until Yahoo's Pulitzer_literature group voted to read it. I wasn't looking forward to it. But I was captivated somewhere around the third chapter.