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Erskine Caldwell: The Journey from Tobacco Road

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A major new biography, Erskine Caldwell: The Journey from Tobacco Road presents the fascinating life and times of a prolific and profoundly influential -- yet nearly forgotten -- figure in American literature.

In the 1930S and '40s, Erskine Caldwell's impassioned work dealing with the Southern poor -- most notably, the novels Tobacco Road and God's Little Acre -- earned him
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Hardcover, 459 pages
Published June 30th 1998 by Knopf (first published January 17th 1995)
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Erskine Caldwell wrote 25 novels, 12 nonfiction books, and 150 short stories. By the late 1940s, he had sold more books than any other American writer.

However, Dan B. Miller confesses that prior to 1989 he had never even heard of Caldwell. He only became aware of him when he read that the writer's papers had been deposited at Dartmouth College and would be available to researchers.

"His name did not ring a bell. I had never come across one of his novels in a bookstore, nor seen his name in an an
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