Cover image for Erskine Caldwell reconsidered
Erskine Caldwell reconsidered
Arnold, Edwin T.
Publication Information:
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [1990]

Physical Description:
115 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Central Library PS3505.A322 Z565 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This timely collection of inquiring essays & interviews focuses critical attention on a major southern writer whose works until quite recently have been in a period of eclipse.

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Choice Review

This collection of seven essays and interviews with two of Caldwell's four wives invites a reevaluation of Caldwell as artist and public figure. Since no definitive biography exists and since Caldwell's reputation as a Depression Era writer continues to enlarge, Arnold makes an important contribution. Essays are appropriate, provocative, and worthwhile. Among them are John Hersey's "Tribute," Fujisato Kitajima's "Caldwell in Japan," and Sylvia Cook's "Caldwell's Fiction: Growing Towards Trash?" -- her response to Faulkner's now-famous laconic judgment of Caldwell's later fiction. But the interviews with Caldwell's first wife, Helen, by Harvey Klevar, whose essay on "Caldwell's Women" provides a valuable biographical detail, and with his last wife, Virginia, conducted by Arnold, will be worth the price of the book to most readers. To be prized as well are the various photographs of Caldwell and his wives. For those interested in Caldwell, the pieces in this slim volume provide many answers and conclusions previously unavailable. The collective honesty and directness of their tone seems a fitting tribute to Caldwell at his best. -G. S. Rosselot, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

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