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Erskine Caldwell (1903–1987)

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Erskine Caldwell has been called one of the most banned and censored authors in the United States. The son of a traveling minister, born in White Oak, Georgia in 1903, Caldwell received little formal education, as a young man, Caldwell took odd jobs and worked in the Southern states. He attended näytä lisää briefly Erskine College, Due West, South Carolina, and the Universities of Virginia and Pennsylvania for some semesters. Yet he became a prolific writer whose novels explore the seamy side of life in the American South. At the age of eighteen he went on a gun-running boat to South America, he played professional football and worked as mill-hand, cotton-picker, and in other such occupations. For a time Caldwell was a cub reporter on the Atlanta Journal. In the 1920s Caldwell moved to Maine to devote himself to writing. After several Spartan years, he had three stories accepted for publication. In 1930 Caldwell destroyed all his unpublished work from previous years. 'Country Full of Swedes' was published in the Yale Review, and it received $1,000 award from the journal in 1933. American Earth, a collection of short stories about petty passions and little lecheries, was published in 1931. Some of the stories had first appeared in such magazines as The American Caravan, Blues, Frankfurter Zeitung, Front, The Hound and Horn, Nativity, Pagany, Scribner's Magazine, This Quarter, and transition. The title of one of his novels Tobacco Road (1932) became slang for poverty and degeneracy. The book was made into both a movie (1941) and a long-running Broadway show (1933-1941). Other novels, some of which were made into later films, include The Bastard (1929), Poor Fool (1930), and God's Little Acre (1933). By the late 1940's, Caldwell had sold more books than any writer in the nation's history. Caldwell became a reporter for the Atlanta Journal in 1925, worked as a scriptwriter in Hollywood and was a newspaper correspondent in Mexico, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Russia and China. In 1984, Caldwell was elected, along with Norman Mailer, to the fifty-chair body of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Caldwell is the author of 25 novels, 150 short stories and 12 nonfiction books. He died in Paradise Valley, Arizona on April 11, 1987. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

Tupakkatie (1932) 1,537 kappaletta
God's Little Acre (1933) — Tekijä — 670 kappaletta
Georgian poika (1943) 130 kappaletta
A House in the Uplands (1946) 122 kappaletta
You Have Seen Their Faces (1937) — Tekijä — 113 kappaletta
Trouble in July (1940) 112 kappaletta
Journeyman (1935) 94 kappaletta
Tragic Ground (1944) 66 kappaletta
Place Called Estherville (1949) 64 kappaletta
This Very Earth (1948) 56 kappaletta
Tobacco Road [play] (1952) — Original novel — 48 kappaletta
The Stories of Erskine Caldwell (1996) 45 kappaletta
In Search of Bisco (1965) — Tekijä — 44 kappaletta
Jenny By Nature (1960) 41 kappaletta
Miss Mamma Aimee (1967) 39 kappaletta
The Sure Hand of God (1947) 37 kappaletta
All Night Long (1942) 34 kappaletta
Gretta (1955) 34 kappaletta
Claudelle Inglish (1958) 34 kappaletta
Piñon Country (1941) 33 kappaletta
Say, Is This the U.S.A (1941) 33 kappaletta
Kneel to the Rising Sun, And Other Stories (1951) — Tekijä — 31 kappaletta
The Last Night of Summer (1963) 29 kappaletta
The Bastard (1929) 28 kappaletta
We Are the Living (1933) 25 kappaletta
Gulf Coast Stories (1956) 23 kappaletta
A Swell Looking Girl (1950) 23 kappaletta
Poor Fool (Voices of the South) (1930) 23 kappaletta
Episode in Palmetto (1950) 21 kappaletta
Love and Money (1954) 20 kappaletta
Summertime Island (1969) 20 kappaletta
Close to Home (1962) 19 kappaletta
A Lamp for Nightfall (1952) 19 kappaletta
The Courting of Susie Brown (1952) 18 kappaletta
Certain Women (1957) 18 kappaletta
In the Shadow of the Steeple (1968) 14 kappaletta
Annette (1974) 14 kappaletta
The Weather Shelter (1969) 11 kappaletta
Southways (1938) 11 kappaletta
A Woman in the House (1949) 10 kappaletta
The Sacrilege of Alan Kent (1966) 9 kappaletta
Around About America (1963) 9 kappaletta
All-Out on the Road to Smolensk (1942) 9 kappaletta
North of the Danube (1977) 9 kappaletta
Men and Women (1962) 8 kappaletta
When You Think of Me (1959) 8 kappaletta
The Deer at Our House (1966) 6 kappaletta
38 racconti (1953) 6 kappaletta
Il fiume caldo 5 kappaletta
Where the Girls Were Different (1948) 4 kappaletta
The Earnshaw Neighborhood (1971) 4 kappaletta
Midsummer Passion (1948) 4 kappaletta
The Best from Manhunt (1958) 3 kappaletta
Una luz para el anochecer (1986) 3 kappaletta
Muerte lenta 3 kappaletta
Man and Woman 3 kappaletta
UNA CASA EN LA COLINA (1900) 3 kappaletta
Molly Cottontail (1958) 2 kappaletta
Lovers (1968) 2 kappaletta
Medora (1971) 2 kappaletta
Some American People (1935) 2 kappaletta
Najlepsze nowele (1984) 2 kappaletta
A Small Day 2 kappaletta
Writing in America 2 kappaletta
La ruta del tabaco (2020) 2 kappaletta
38 racconti 1 kappale
Dom na wzgórzu 1 kappale
Isla del Verano 1 kappale
MISAFIR 1 kappale
O Dedo de Deus 1 kappale
Le quartier de medora (1976) 1 kappale
American Earth 1 kappale
Yasama Kavgasi 1 kappale
Daughter 1 kappale
Тихоня 1 kappale
Noveller 1 kappale
Carl Sandburg Remembered (1979) 1 kappale
TUTUN YOLU 1 kappale
Ilha de Ver©Đo 1 kappale
SICAK NEHIR 1 kappale
Tämä maa 1 kappale
Tepedeki Ev 1 kappale
Kuyudaki Zenci 1 kappale
YAZ SONU 1 kappale
Dcht bij hui 1 kappale
El predicador (1900) 1 kappale
The Journeyman 1 kappale
Tupakkatie 1 kappale
Warm Water 1 kappale
Southways, etc (1960) 1 kappale
L' ultima notte d'estate (1987) 1 kappale
Warm River 1 kappale
Caldwell Erskine 1 kappale
Ziemia tragiczna 1 kappale

Associated Works

Fifty Great American Short Stories (1965) — Avustaja — 432 kappaletta
75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World's Literature (1961) — Avustaja — 297 kappaletta
A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Avustaja — 293 kappaletta
The Golden Treasury of Children's Literature Set (1961) — Avustaja — 209 kappaletta
This Is My Best (1942) — Avustaja — 187 kappaletta
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (1953) — Avustaja — 137 kappaletta
The Signet Classic Book of Southern Short Stories (1991) — Avustaja — 121 kappaletta
Bedside Book of Famous American Stories (1936) — Avustaja — 71 kappaletta
Great Esquire Fiction (1983) — Avustaja — 70 kappaletta
200 Years of Great American Short Stories (1975) — Avustaja — 68 kappaletta
Desert Island Decameron (1945) — Avustaja — 57 kappaletta
Great Baseball Stories (1979) — Avustaja — 47 kappaletta
The Bedside Tales: A Gay Collection (1945) — Avustaja — 46 kappaletta
100 Best True Stories of World War II (1945) — Avustaja — 29 kappaletta
50 Best American Short Stories 1915-1939 (1939) — Avustaja — 28 kappaletta
American short stories, 1820 to the present (1952) — Avustaja — 26 kappaletta
Great Short Stories of the World (1965) — Avustaja — 25 kappaletta
Desert Country (1941) — Toimittaja, eräät painokset25 kappaletta
The Bedside Playboy (1963) — Avustaja — 23 kappaletta
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Avustaja — 22 kappaletta
Modern American Short Stories (1945) — Avustaja — 15 kappaletta
All verdens fortellere (1990) — Avustaja, eräät painokset15 kappaletta
The Story Pocket Book (1944) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
American Short Stories, Vol.5, The Twentieth Century (1957) — Tekijä, eräät painokset11 kappaletta
The best of the Best American short stories, 1915-1950 (1975) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
A Treasury of Doctor Stories (1946) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta
Modern American Short Stories (1941) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
Our lives : American labor stories — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
Avon Bedside Companion (1947) — Avustaja, eräät painokset5 kappaletta
The Do-It-Yourself Bestseller: A Workbook (1982) — Avustaja, eräät painokset4 kappaletta
New World Writing : 15 (1959) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1938 (1938) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
The Bathroom Reader (1946) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
God's Little Acre [1958 film] (2013) — Original novel — 3 kappaletta
Let's Go Naked: Love and Life in a Nudist Camp (1952) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
The Avon Annual 1945: 18 Great Modern Stories (1945) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
The Avon Annual: 18 Great Story of Today (1944) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Modern British and American short stories (1982) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Tobacco Road [1941 film] — Original novel — 1 kappale
Modern American short stories (1963) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
America through the short story — Avustaja — 1 kappale
O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1934 (1934) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Stories of Sudden Truth (1953) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
15 Great Stories of Today (1946) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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AnkaraLibrary | Feb 23, 2024 |
Erskine Preston Caldwell, född 17 december 1903 i Moreland i Georgia, död 11 april 1987 i Paradise Valley i Arizona, var en amerikansk författare.

Caldwell var son till en präst och arbetade som professionell fotbollsspelare, livvakt och var även manusförfattare i Hollywood under kortare perioder.

Caldwell var en av de mest produktiva sydstatsförfattarna. Han har skrivit ett trettiotal romaner, ett stort antal noveller och flera reportageböcker. Han vann ryktbarhet med romanerna Tobacco Road (1932; ”Tobaksvägen”, dramatiserad av Jack Kirkland 1933) och God’s Little Acre (1933; ”Guds lilla land”). Liksom Caldwells övriga böcker är de präglade av folklig humor, social indignation och sensualism. Från 1939 var han gift med fotojournalisten Margaret Bourke-White, och under andra världskriget arbetade han som krigskorrespondent i Ukrainska SSR, Sovjetunionen.

Caldwells 30- och 40-talsprosa gjorde honom till en av de ledande ”hårdkokta” författarna och även till en av USA:s mest lästa författare. Hans senare produktion har anklagats för sensationalism och har väckt föga uppmärksamhet bland kritikerna. Call It Experience (1951) och With All My Might (1987) är två självbiografiska böcker.
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Jannemangan | 49 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 2, 2024 |
God’s Little Acre (1933) is offered for free with Amazon Prime as an e-book along with a couple of other stories as a classic-novels boxed set written by Erskine Caldwell. The other two stories: Tobacco Road (1932), I read in 2019, and Estherville (1949), I have yet to read. Erskine Caldwell was quite the imaginative writer. You will pretty much find all things today considered politically incorrect inside these novels. I guess that’s why I find them so fun and interesting. He loves making fun of the “deep south”.

God’s Little Acre is also a 1958 film, starring Robert Ryan as Ty Ty Walden, Aldo Ray as Will Thompson (Ty Ty’s son-in-law) who gets a little action from both his sister-in-laws; Buddy Hackett as the fat, lazy Pluto Swint running for sheriff and has his eyes and fat hands on Ty Ty’s youngest, slutty daughter, Darling Jill, played by Fay Spain; Jack Lord played Ty Ty’s hot-headed son, Buck, married to the most beautiful woman in the whole wide world, Griselda, played by Tina Louise; and Michael Landon played, Dave, the albino from the swamps who gets a little action with Darling Jill. Can watch for free on YouTube:


This novel is set in the depression-era in rural Marion, Georgia, about 15 miles outside of Augusta. Each character has strong, obsessive traits, which you will see hints of in real life in some folks down south, and maybe in the hillbillies up in the northeast mountains. It’s all about sex and finding that gold.

Ty Ty, the father, is obsessed with gold-fever even though there’s nothing in the world says there’s gold on his property. For the past 15 years, he and two of his boys, Buck and Shaw have dug huge holes 20-30 feet deep and twice as wide throughout his 3-acre piece of land searching for gold. He set aside one little acre for growing cotton to sell, tended by two black sharecroppers, to help get a little money to feed the family over the winter. But, there hasn’t been time for that because they’ve been busy…digging for gold. Ty Ty won’t break dirt on God’s one little acre. That proves to God he’s in it for the good and it proves to God that he has a good heart. But, he also will move that one acre if he feels it’s time to dig there and look for gold. After all, he don’t want to go giving the church the mother-lode. Ty Ty does not believe in magic. He is strictly a “scientific” man, so when they hear about an albino man (played by Michael Landon) living in the swamps nearby that can divine a gold-dig, he sets out to capture him. They are so close to finding that gold, a little divining never hurt, and it was scientific, nothing against God.
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MissysBookshelf | 12 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 28, 2023 |
Originally written in 1932, and set in the depression era, today's social climate would find this classic with its over exaggeration of the extremely poor and simple-minds of a southern sharecropper, Jeeter Lester, and his family extremely offensive and degrading. And if this was 1932, I would even say that this family may have been a bit "retarded"...but that's no longer politically correct. So, I would say they seem to be a bit mentally challenged or else they are very naive.

Jeeter had lived and been tenant farmers of this land all his life, as was his father and his grandfather, who had started out growing tobacco. His father found the soil more suitable and prosperous for growing cotton. Jeeter barely squeezed out just enough dollars to survive each year growing cotton until the owner of the land gave up farming, himself, altogether and moved to the city. The Lesters were allowed to remain in their homes on the land rent free, but the loans for farming were cut off and repairs to the homes would be left up to the tenants, which the tenants didn't give much thought about.

This story is a crazy twist on some peoples reactions to the realities of life. But, the fact is, the basis of how they thought and behaved during those times, even the wasteful, mindless spending of some of the poorest of poors, I believe to be true. We see it even today...all the time, everywhere.

This novel shows, in an exaggerated way, of course, the degree Jeeter was willing to stoop for survival. It was always a selfish motive, even though it really was about money for food. He thought of himself first before the other family members. The problem was he was lazy, always talking the talk, and never took any action. This was the year he would burn the fields, rent a donkey and plow and plant seed-cotton and purchase the guano. But, year after year, all he did was sit on the porch and blame the rich man or God for his woes for not lending him the money. He was not flexible, and he was unwilling to change with the times. All of his children, except two, Dude and the hair-lipped Ellie Mae, had left home for the city to carve out livings for themselves.

In this twisted story, an older widowed preacher woman, Bessie, age 39, marries the 16 year old, Dude Lester. Dude readily agrees because Bessie's husband had left behind $800 in the bank, which she used to purchase a brand new car and dangled before him, even though her house was so dilapidated and leaking everywhere because the roof was caving in and they had no food and no money to even put oil or gas in the car to keep it running. No one sees anything unusual in this. Afterall, they all see they may get a little piece of the pie. The car was trashed within the first week. But hey, they were proud. It was still purchased brand new and still ran, and she had her Dude, who she was going to turn into a preacher man.
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MissysBookshelf | 49 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 27, 2023 |



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