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The Resource Erskine Caldwell : the journey from Tobacco Road : a biography, by Dan B. Miller

Erskine Caldwell : the journey from Tobacco Road : a biography, by Dan B. Miller

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Erskine Caldwell : the journey from Tobacco Road : a biography
Title
Erskine Caldwell
Title remainder
the journey from Tobacco Road : a biography
Statement of responsibility
by Dan B. Miller
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Erskine Caldwell: The Journey from Tobacco Road presents the fascinating life and times of a prolific and influential - yet nearly forgotten - figure in American literature. In the 1930s and 40s, Erskine Caldwell's impassioned work dealing with the Southern poor - most notably, the novels Tobacco Road and God's Little Acre - earned him wide critical acclaim. Although many Southerners reviled him for his brutal expose's of their region, literary scholars at the time ranked him alongside Fitzgerald, Wolfe, and Steinbeck. William Faulkner thought him one of America's five greatest novelists, and as late as 1960, Caldwell was under consideration for the Nobel Prize
  • Although Caldwell worked for years in abject poverty, eventually his commercial success matched his lofty critical standing. The dramatic adaptation of Tobacco Road became the biggest hit in Broadway history, and paperback editions of Caldwell's novels - frequently under attack for their explicit sexuality - sold in record numbers around the globe. By the 1960s, in fact, his publicists declared him "The World's Best-Selling Novelist," and by 1970 he had written more than one hundred short stories and twenty-five novels. This should have secured Caldwell an enduring place in America's literary history but today he is largely forgotten, one of the great disappearing acts in American letters
  • Caldwell's personal life was no less complicated than his professional one. Lonely and isolated as a boy, Caldwell treated his own children with alternating neglect and brutality. He was married four times (once to the photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White), had a number of extramarital affairs, drank heavily, and was prone to violent mood swings. Yet Caldwell could be extraordinarily generous, gentle, and funny, a man of startling inconsistencies and startling energy
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 813/.52
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3505.A322
LC item number
Z74 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Erskine Caldwell : the journey from Tobacco Road : a biography, by Dan B. Miller
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [385]-443) and index
Control code
37392
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiv, 459 p.
Isbn
9780679429319
Lccn
93048924
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ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm29597265
  • (OCoLC)29597265
Label
Erskine Caldwell : the journey from Tobacco Road : a biography, by Dan B. Miller
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [385]-443) and index
Control code
37392
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiv, 459 p.
Isbn
9780679429319
Lccn
93048924
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm29597265
  • (OCoLC)29597265

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