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Caldwell, Erskine 1903-1987

Works: 1,543 works in 5,684 publications in 29 languages and 76,859 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Short stories  Autobiographies  Biographies  History  Pictorial works  Interviews  War fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Interviewee, Author of introduction, 001, Other, Narrator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Correspondent
Classifications: PS3505.A322, 813.52
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Most widely held works by Erskine Caldwell
Tobacco road by Erskine Caldwell( Book )

474 editions published between 1930 and 2021 in 18 languages and held by 5,641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tale of violence and sex among rural poor in the American South, the novel was highly controversial in its time. It is the story of Georgia sharecropper Jeeter Lester and his family, who are trapped by the bleak economic conditions of the Depression as well as by their own limited intelligence and destructive sexuality. Its tragic ending is almost foreordained by the characters' inability to change their lives. Caldwell's skillful use of dialect and his plain style made the book one of the best examples of literary naturalism in contemporary American fiction. The novel was adapted as a successful play in 1933
God's little acre by Erskine Caldwell( Book )

380 editions published between 1933 and 2013 in 19 languages and held by 4,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Georgia dirt farmer believes there is gold on his land, leading him and his sons to spend fifteen years digging holes all over the family farm
You have seen their faces by Erskine Caldwell( Book )

43 editions published between 1937 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Erskine Caldwell and Margaret Bourke-White have combined their considerable talents to produce an incisive, sensitive statement about the relation between the poverty of the people and the depletion of the land in the Deep South. In a powerful and informal style, Erskine Caldwell explores the reasons behind the deterioration of what was once the land where cotton was king. And Margaret Bourke-White's superb photographs capture the essence of the day-to-day existence of the people in this land, which no words, however eloquent, can convey. - Back cover
A treasury of short stories : favorites of the past hundred years from Turgenev to Thurber, from Balzac to Hemingway ; with biographical sketches of the authors by Bernardine Kielty( Book )

1 edition published in 1947 in English and held by 1,418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The death of Ivan IIyich; a day in the country, two little soldiers; Quattrocentisteria; the secret sharer; the pace of youth; the coming-out of Maggie; the voice in the night; the old hunter; the doll's house; Babylon Revistied; a telephone call
Georgia boy by Erskine Caldwell( Book )

151 editions published between 1943 and 2014 in 13 languages and held by 1,385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Georgia boy is twelve years old, and the household in which he is brought up includes his father, Morris Stroup, a somewhat strong-minded and itinerant character, and his mother, Martha Stroup, trying to raise her young son and cope with her husband, some aggravating goats, game cocks, and a lazy colored yard boy named Handsome Brown, who has a hand in practically everything. Mrs. Stroup raises her family with the grace of any woman who has been supporting herself and household as long as she can remember. Georgia Boy is a new sort of book from the pen of Erskine Caldwell. It is a tale of boyhood woven from memory and fancy, altogether a charming story. While the complete measure of the book might be humorous in tone, Georgia Boy is balanced by sentiment, irony, and enough of the ordinary in everyday life to be compared with such other wholly delightful books in the same field as Clarence Day's Life with Father and Ruth McKenney's My Sister Eileen.--From dust jacket
Trouble in July by Erskine Caldwell( Book )

104 editions published between 1940 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through the summer twilight in the Depression-era South, word begins to circulate of a black man accosting a white woman. In no time the awful forces of public opinion and expediency goad the separate fears and frustrations of a small southern community into the single-mindedness of a mob. Erskine Caldwell shows the lynching of Sonny Clark through many eyes. Caldwell reserves some of his most powerful passages for the few who truly held Clark's life in their hands but let it go: people like Sheriff Jeff McCurtain, who did nothing to disperse the mob; Harvey Glenn, who found Clark hiding and turned him in; and Katy Barlow, who withdrew her false charge of rape only after Clark was dead
Tragic ground by Erskine Caldwell( Book )

132 editions published between 1944 and 2014 in 14 languages and held by 1,140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It would take more than the genius of Erskine Caldwell to rescue this from the lime. It is being labelled a city slum "Tobacco Road" -- but, for my money, it lacks the redeeming milk of human kindness and the humor that might have put it in that category. In the abstract, one can deplore the possibility of a society which permits such fetid city cesspools as Poor Boy; but as one roads of the down-and-outors who were washed up when the boom of the war passed them by, Caldwell gives one little cause to feel that such poor flotsam of humanity can ever find justification for survival.....Spence Douthit futilely longs for the hills he left, but cannot translate his homesickness into action; his war job and earnings gone, he lives on the edge of extinction, saved by the meagre handouts of Libby, the older daughter, who alone has the guts to reach beyond the slime. His wife, the whining, sodden Maud; Navi, who at 13 has found her niche in a whorehouse; his pal, Spence, with his growing swarm of potential prostitutes; the quarrelsome next-door-neighbors -- form the cast for an experiment in social welfare which is deliberately caricatured out of recognition."--Kirkus
Fifty years of the American short story : from the O. Henry awards, 1919-1970 by William Miller Abrahams( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 1,131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selections from Prize stories
Journeyman by Erskine Caldwell( Book )

142 editions published between 1935 and 2017 in 13 languages and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meet one of Erskine Caldwell's most memorable characters: the philandering, murderous itinerant preacher, Semon Dye. Part allegory, part tall tale, and with a good measure of old frontier humor, Journeyman tells how Dye mysteriously arrives in Rocky Comfort, Georgia, and inside of a week nearly tears the small community apart. As devilish as he is divine, Dye helps Rocky Comfort's citizens to rationalize their vices and weaknesses, and then uses their flaws to his own advantage. Offering no forgiveness for their actions and no justification for his own, Dye confronts the people of Rocky Comfort with their own sins as he gambles, drinks, carouses, and fights along with them. Culminating in a tumultuous, ecstatic revival, Journeyman is filled with insights into human nature and the physical and emotional aspects of religious fervor
All night long : a novel of guerrilla warfare in Russia by Erskine Caldwell( Book )

32 editions published between 1942 and 1949 in 5 languages and held by 835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A graphic novel of guerilla warfare in Russia, against the German invaders during World War II
In search of Bisco by Erskine Caldwell( Book )

24 editions published between 1965 and 2011 in English and Dutch and held by 829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American novelist reminisces about his childhood in the Deep South and his friendships, both Negro and white, making some observations on racial issues
Place called Estherville by Erskine Caldwell( Book )

75 editions published between 1949 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Kathyanne Bazemore and her brother were two attractive young mulattos, trying hard to live decently in the small Southern town of Estherville. Walking the treacherous tight-rope path between white and colored worlds, they were pursued with threats, beatings, and attempts at seduction--until the bedeviled pair were trapped by the evil they had tried so desperately to sidestep"--Back cover
Complete stories by Erskine Caldwell( Book )

16 editions published between 1929 and 1955 in English and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of 96 stories presents the best of Erskine Caldwell's short fiction from his most productive period of work
A house in the uplands by Erskine Caldwell( Book )

81 editions published between 1946 and 2011 in 9 languages and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Everton murder case has long been closed. The culprit has been charged with the murder of his uncle and has served a year of his sentence already. Or has he? The evidence against Geoffrey Grey is convincing but his wife believes in his innocence. And so does her young cousin, Hilary, who decides to solve the mystery herself. But when Hilary is nearly murdered she turns in desperation to her ex-fiance for help. Fortunately, he is acquainted with the singular Miss Silver, who is only too pleased to be asked to investigate
The sure hand of God : a novel by Erskine Caldwell( Book )

80 editions published between 1947 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Again the Caldwell philosophy of the cheerful acceptance of defeat "at the sure hand of God" in the chronicle of Molly Bowser, recently married and more recently divorced, faced with the problem of making a living for herself and for her illegitimate daughter, Lily, eighteen in years, eight in mind. With a marriage for Lily as her prime objective, Molly's reputation for free love (promiscuity, not without price) hinders her progress. The first respectable suitor is scared away by his family, until Lily's elopement, with an adolescent neighbor, saves the day. Molly, recharged with her optimism, is soon involved in scandal as the preacher suicides at her house, finishes her chances for respectability, and leaves her to a future as madam of a house of fame."--Kirkus
This very earth by Erskine Caldwell( Book )

100 editions published between 1948 and 2008 in 9 languages and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Novel about the Chism Crocket family, including wayward daughters
The weather shelter by Erskine Caldwell( Book )

44 editions published between 1969 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best of the Best American short stories, 1915-1950 by Martha Foley( Book )

1 edition published in 1952 in English and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outstanding short fiction gathered from Best American short stories and its predecessors
Summertime Island by Erskine Caldwell( Book )

38 editions published between 1968 and 1994 in 4 languages and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Caldwell's jugs of po' white Southern sourmash keep piling up paperback dividends--with the usual malodorous ingredients: sledgehammer sex, relentless sadism, and an occasional slice of shrub pine scenery. This time sixteen-year-old Steve gets what Caldwell considers the full deep Tennessee treatment. A few days on a "summertime" island with Uncle Guthry unfolds the racial drama between scarlet-necked Troy Pickett and "educated" Negro Duke Hopkins. Troy is as rapacious and mean as an hysterical vulture; Duke is as noble as Sidney Poitier amidst a lark of singing nuns. Inevitably even Duke's patience and forebearance wears and Troy is momentarily bested; but Troy has the last word by running down Duke with a truck after the island visit. As for Steve, an underwater festival with bonny Bonnie, the sometime waitress, and a midnight visit from Aunt Rosemary. Uncle Guthry's wife, enlarge his horizons. Uncle Guthry, who looks on sadly through most of Troy's dirty work, hoped that Steve's island visit would be educational yeah! Twilight over a dry still."--Kirkus
Southern California country : an island on the land by Carey McWilliams( Book )

3 editions published in 1946 in English and held by 625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides an overview of Southern California, discussing the history of the region, seasons, Native Americans, missions, folklore, culture, Hollywood, politics, and more
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Tobacco road
God's little acreYou have seen their facesGeorgia boyTrouble in JulyTragic groundJourneymanIn search of BiscoPlace called EsthervilleThe sure hand of God : a novel
Alternative Names
Caldwell, E. 1903-1987

Caldwell, Eriskine Preston

Caldwell Erskine

Caldwell, Erskine 1903-

Caldwell , Erskine P.

Caldwell Erskine Preston

Caldwell, Erskine Preston 1903-1987

Caldwell, Erskine Preton 1903-1987

Erskin Caldwell

Erskine Caldwell American novelist, short story writer, travel writer, essayist

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Erskine Caldwell Amerikaans schrijver

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Kolduėl, Ėrskin Preston 1903-1987

Kolduèll, Èrskin.

Kolduėll, Ėrskin 1903-1987

Kolduell, Erskine

Koldvel, E.

Koldvel, Erskin

Koldvelas E.

Koldvelas Erskinas

Koldvelis Erskinas Prestonas

Koldvels, E. 1903-1987

Koldvels, E. (Erskins), 1903-1987

Koldvels, Erskins 1903-1987

Έρσκιν Κάλντγουελ

Ерскин Колдвел

Ерскін Колдвелл американський письменник

Колдуелл, Э..

Колдуэлл Э.

Колдуэлл Эрскин

Колдуэлл, Эрскин 1903-1987

Колдуэлл, Эрскин Престон

Ърскин Колдуел

Ърскин Колдуел американски писател

Эрскін Колдуэл

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ארסקין קולדוול

קולדוול, ארסקין

קלדול, ארסקין

إرسكين كالدويل

إرسكين كالدويل، 1903-1987

ارسکین کالدول ژورنالیست و نویسنده آمریکایی

كولدويل، إرسكين، 1903-1987

كولدويل، أرسين، 1903-1987

আরস্কিন কাল্ডওয়েল

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컬드웰, 어스킨 프리스턴 1903-1987

콜드웰, 어스킨 1903-1987

콜드웰, 어스킨 프리스톤 1903-1987


コールドウェル, E

コールドウェル, アースキン

考徳威尓, 欧斯金


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