Erskine Caldwell

Erskine Caldwell was an American author known for his writings about poverty, racism, and social problems in the Southern United States. He was born on December 17, 1903, in Coweta County, Georgia, and died on April 11, 1987. Caldwell gained literary acclaim for his novels 'Tobacco Road' and 'God's Little Acre,' which depicted the harsh realities of life in the rural South during the Great Depression. His works often highlighted the struggles of the working class and were both celebrated for their honesty and criticized for their explicit content.


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  1. 1. Tobacco Road

    "Tobacco Road" is a novel that explores the lives of the Lester family, destitute sharecroppers in the rural American South during the Great Depression. Their desperate attempts to survive in the harsh and unforgiving environment, marked by poverty, ignorance, and starvation, are depicted with brutal honesty. The book is a poignant commentary on the socio-economic conditions of the time, highlighting the grim realities of a marginalized society.

    The 2075th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. House in the Uplands

    This novel is set in the South and revolves around the life of a wealthy plantation owner, his neglected wife, and their dysfunctional family. The story explores themes of greed, lust, and power, showcasing the downfall of the family due to their moral corruption and the harsh realities of their plantation lifestyle. The narrative is filled with intense drama, infidelity, and violence, providing a grim view of the Southern aristocracy.

    The 2443rd Greatest Book of All Time