Erskine Caldwell

(1903—1987) American novelist and short-story writer

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Georgia-born prolific author of fiction whose best-known novels are Tobacco Road (1932), depicting the squalid, ignorant but sexually active lives of back-country sharecroppers, and God's Little Acre (1933), a somewhat more melodramatic tale of Georgia “crackers” that also displays rich folk humor, indignation at social inequities, and lusty bawdiness. Tobacco Road was dramatized by Jack Kirkland (1933) with enormous success. Beginning in the 1930s Caldwell also wrote many volumes of short stories, long very popular in paperback reprints.

Subjects: Literature.

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