Newton Booth Tarkington was a famous American novelist and dramatist best known for his novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. He is, with William Faulkner and John Updike, one of only three novelists to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once. The Conquest of Canaan is a notable novel by Newton Booth Tarkington. The story is about a pariah Joe Louden. He is a young man, who is the subject of much gossip in the small town of Canaan. This story focuses on the different social classes, their trouble and difficult life! The Conquest of Canaan is considered to be a noteworthy book and a prime example of literature in the early 19th century.