Caldwell, Erskine

   Born in White Oak, Georgia, best-selling writer Erskine Caldwell attended Erskine College and the University of Virginia for a number of years and worked as a journalist before moving to Maine in 1926 to concentrate on writing fiction. His first novel, The Bastard, appeared in 1929, and his collection of short stories, American Earth, in 1931. However, it was with his portrayal of the life and loves of southern sharecroppers in Tobacco Road (1932) and then God’s Little Acre (1933) that he achieved critical acclaim and some notoriety. God’s Little Acre was the subject of an obscenity trial, which Caldwell won. Both books were huge best sellers, and both were made into films, Tobacco Road in 1941 and God’s Little Acre in 1958.
   Caldwell went to Hollywood as a screenwriter in 1933, but he continued as a prolific author. Kneel to the Rising Sun appeared in 1935, as did his documentary work Some American People. He produced a number of photographic essays with Margaret Bourke-White (to whom he was briefly married), including You Have Seen Their Faces (1937) and Russia at War (1942). Another collection of short stories, Georgia Boy, appeared in 1943. Caldwell’s novels about poor southern life continued, although less successfully, with A House in the Uplands (1946), The Very Earth (1948), and Place Called Estherville (1949). Caldwell wrote several novels in the 1950s and turned to racial issues in the 1960s in Jenny by Nature (1961) and Summertime Island (1968). He also produced nonfiction with In Search of Bisco (1965) and Deep South (1968). His last novel was Annette in 1971.
   See also Literature.

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  • Caldwell, Erskine — born Dec. 17, 1903, Coweta county, Ga., U.S. died April 11, 1987, Paradise Valley, Ariz. U.S. author. Caldwell became familiar with poor sharecroppers through his father s missionary work. Fame arrived with Tobacco Road (1932), a controversial… …   Universalium

  • Caldwell, Erskine — ► (1903 87) Escritor estadounidense. Obras: Habéis visto sus rostros (1937), El sacrilegio de Alan Kent (1976). * * * (17 dic. 1903, cond. de Coweta, Ga., EE.UU.–11 abr. 1987, Paradise Valley, Ariz.). Escritor estadounidense. Caldwell se… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Caldwell, Erskine —    см. Колдуэлл, Эрскин …   Писатели США. Краткие творческие биографии

  • Caldwell,Erskine Preston — Cald·well (kôldʹwĕl , wəl, kŏldʹ ), Erskine Preston. 1903 1987. American writer best known for his graphic novels about poverty and degeneration, such as Tobacco Road (1932). * * * …   Universalium

  • Erskine Caldwell — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Erskine Caldwell, fotografiado por Carl van Vechten en 1938 Erskine Preston Caldwell (Coweta County, 17 de diciembre de 1903 11 de abril …   Wikipedia Español

  • Erskine Preston Caldwell — Erskine Caldwell 1938, Photo von Carl van Vechten Erskine Preston Caldwell (* 17. Dezember 1903 bei Moreland, Georgia; † 11. April 1987 in Paradise Valley, Arizona) war ein amerikan …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • CALDWELL (E.) — CALDWELL ERSKINE (1903 1987) Romancier américain né en 1903, auteur de La Route au tabac et du Petit Arpent du Bon Dieu , Erskine Caldwell a fait entrer dans la littérature un nouveau personnage: le «pauvre blanc» des États du Sud. Il le… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Caldwell — Caldwell, Erskine * * * (as used in expressions) Abbot, Sir John (Joseph Caldwell) Caldwell, Erskine Calhoun, John C(aldwell) …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Caldwell — (Erskine Preston) (1903 1987) romancier américain. Il peint le Sud profond : la Route au tabac (1932), le Petit Arpent du Bon Dieu (1933) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Erskine Caldwell — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Caldwell. Erskine Caldwell …   Wikipédia en Français

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