Erskine Caldwell

Erskine Caldwell (kôld´wəl), 1903–87, American author, b. White Oak, Ga. His realistic and earthy novels of the rural South include Tobacco Road (1933), God's Little Acre (1933), This Very Earth (1948), and Summertime Island (1969). Among his volumes of short stories are Jackpot (1940) and Gulf Coast Stories (1956). With his second wife, Margaret Bourke-White, he published You Have Seen Their Faces (1937), about Southern sharecroppers.

See E. T. Arnold, ed., Conversations with Erskine Caldwell (1988); biography by D. B. Miller (1995); study by J. E. Devlin (1984).

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Say, Is This the U.S.A
Erskine Caldwell; Margaret Bourke-White.
Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1941
105 Greatest Living Authors Present the World's Best Stories, Humor, Drama, Biography, History, Essays, Poetry
Whit Burnett.
Dial Press, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "Yellow Girl" by Erskine Caldwell begins on p. 237
The Rhetoric of Exhaustion and the Exhaustion of Rhetoric: Erskine Caldwell in the Thirties
Watson, Jay.
The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 46, No. 2, Spring 1993
From Tobacco Road to Route 66: The Southern Poor White in Fiction
Sylvia Jenkins Cook.
University of North Carolina Press, 1976
Librarian’s tip: Chap. IV "Caldwell's Politics of the Grotesque"
The Southern Poor-White from Lubberland to Tobacco Road
Shields McIlwaine.
University of Oklahoma Press, 1939
Librarian’s tip: "Naturalistic Modes: The Gothic, the Ribald, and the Tragic: William Faulkner and Erskine Caldwell" begins on p. 217
Fifty Southern Writers after 1900: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook
Joseph M. Flora; Robert Bain.
Greenwood Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Erskine Caldwell (1903-)" begins on p. 87
I Hear America ...: Literature in the United States since 1900
Vernon Loggins.
Biblo and Tannen, 1967
Librarian’s tip: "Erskine Caldwell" begins on p. 221
A Library of Literary Criticism: Modern American Literature
Dorothy Nyren; Dorothy Nyren.
Frederick Ungar, 1960 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Caldwell, Erskine (1903-)" begins on p. 92
Southern Renascence the Literature of the Modern South
Louis D. Rubin Jr.; Robert D. Jacobs.
Johns Hopkins Press, 1966
Librarian’s tip: "Notes on Erskine Caldwell" begins on p. 316
Ethnographic Pilgrimages in Depression-Era America
Shiffman, Dan.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 36, No. 4, December 2003
The Saturday Review Treasury
John Haverstick.
Simon and Schuster, 1957
Librarian’s tip: Criticism of "God's Little Acre" by Erskine Caldwell begins on p. 89
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