Trouble in July

Trouble in July

Erskine Caldwell

Literature & Fiction / Humor

A community lynches a wrongly accused man in Caldwell's scathing indictment of Southern prejudice When word spreads through Julie County that Sonny Clark, a black man, has assaulted Katy Barlow, a white woman, the man's fate is sealed. With frightening speed, authorities and an outraged mob align to apprehend Clark and condemn him without trial. By the time Barlow confesses that no crime occurred, it is too late. Told from the multiple perspectives of victim and victimizers as well as passive onlookers, Trouble in July depicts in harrowing detail the tragic ignorance of individuals who fail to understand their roles in a hateful miscarriage of justice. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erskine Caldwell including rare photos and never-before-seen documents courtesy of the Dartmouth College Library.
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In Search of Bisco

In Search of Bisco

Erskine Caldwell

Literature & Fiction / Humor

In this travelogue and memoir, groundbreaking novelist Erskine Caldwell looks back at a life lived in the troubled  Five decades removed from his own Southern childhood, novelist Erskine Caldwell sets out on a journey to find an old friend—a friend lost to him through the culture of segregation. As Caldwell follows a trail through Georgia, South Carolina, and much of the Deep South in search of his black childhood friend Bisco, his interviews with white and black Americans expose a range of attitudes that are tragic, if not surprising. Published first in the mid-1960s just as the South was undergoing a radical transformation by freedom marches and sit-ins, In Search of Bisco offers a heartfelt account of the civil rights movement by one of the region's fiercest critics and most prominent sons. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erskine Caldwell including rare photos and never-before-seen documents courtesy of the Dartmouth College Library.
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Stories of Erskine Caldwell

Stories of Erskine Caldwell

Erskine Caldwell

Literature & Fiction / Humor

American master Erskine Caldwell's powerful classic stories of anger, humor, insight, and hope for the South  Author of some of the most widely banned fiction of the twentieth century, Erskine Caldwell had a talent for striking a nerve. In this collection of nearly one hundred stories, the full depth and scope of his talent is on display, including his trademark biting satire as well as his skill at rendering deeply moving portraits of his native South. In a career that spanned over six decades, Caldwell produced stories that serve to document a changing society, from the dehumanizing trials of the Great Depression through the transformative battle to desegregate the South. Taken together, his short fiction reveals a voice that remains essential for readers hoping to understand the American experience.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erskine Caldwell including rare photos and never-before-seen documents courtesy of the Dartmouth College Library.
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Journeyman

Journeyman

Erskine Caldwell

Literature & Fiction / Humor

A wandering preacher who gambles and chases women exposes the hypocrisies of a small Southern town When preacher Semon Dye moves into the tiny Georgia town of Rocky Comfort, many of its citizens welcome him. After all, the only church in town is being used to store fertilizer. But sermons aren't the first thing on the mind of the tall, magnetic, and utterly dissolute man. Other callings take priority: women, whiskey, gambling, and hiding from the law. Even as he seduces wives, cheats at cards, and provokes old feuds, Dye manages to cast a dark spell over all the people in Rocky Comfort. Journeyman is a wicked send-up of religious fervor by an American master of dark political satire. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erskine Caldwell including rare photos and never-before-seen documents courtesy of the Dartmouth College Library.
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Place Called Estherville

Place Called Estherville

Erskine Caldwell

Literature & Fiction / Humor

Siblings Ganus and Kathyanne move to a new town to build new futures—but the shadow of prejudice follows them wherever they go When mixed-race brother and sister Ganus and Kathyanne Bazemore move to Estherville, a small Southern town, they're looking for a fresh start. They don't know anyone and nobody knows them, but they are two bright, attractive young people looking for work. It doesn't take long, however, before the two kids are subjected to the worst of the town's lust, brutality, and bigotry. A gripping story of the pre–civil rights era South, Place Called Estherville offers a candid glimpse of one of America's most troubling legacies. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erskine Caldwell including rare photos and never-before-seen documents courtesy of the Dartmouth College Library.
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Georgia Boy

Georgia Boy

Erskine Caldwell

Literature & Fiction / Humor

Fourteen stories that follow a young boy coming of age in a dysfunctional family in the rural South Meet William Stroop, a young son of the South whose charming voice and mordant observations of family and culture make him one of American literature's most memorable narrators. In these fourteen interwoven stories, William details the high (and low) points of his family history, focusing particularly on his lazy, scheming father, Morris, his put-upon mother, Martha, and his confidante, Handsome Brown, a young black farmhand. As Morris matches wits with strangers and neighbors alike in constant pursuit of get-rich-quick plans, Martha tries to hold the family together without the aid of any discernable income. Told with the polish and moral resonance of fables, Georgia Boy captures the beauty and tragedy of life in the rural South during the twentieth century. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erskine Caldwell including rare photos and never-before-seen documents...
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