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Erskine Caldwell The Journey from Tobacco Road , and: The People's Writer Erskine Caldwell and the South (review)

Erskine Caldwell The Journey from Tobacco Road , and: The People's Writer Erskine Caldwell and... ership. If it is any indication of the state of southern studies at Vanderbilt today, the "twelve southerners" who published that earlier collection in 1930 could not but concede, however grudgingly, that the field is in excellent, if ideologically different hands. Erskine Caldwell The Journey from Tobacco Road By Dan B. Miller Alfred A. Knopf, 1 99 5 459 pp. Cloth, $30.00 The People's Writer Erskine Caldwell and the South By Wayne Mixon University Press of Virginia, 1995 213 pp. Cloth, $27.50 Reviewed by Bryant Simon, assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Georgia. Last year, I assigned Erskine Caldwell's Tobacco Road to my upper-level twentieth-century U.S. history class. On the first day of the quarter, as the students scanned the syllabus, one of them asked, "Who is this Erskine Caldwell guy?" I answered with a question, "Have any of you heard of Erskine Caldwell?" Only one woman out of the thirty or so in the class -- most of them from Caldwell's native Georgia -- raised her hand. She said she thought that he wrote "dirty, crude" books. I informed the class that Caldwell was one of the most popular writers in American http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

Erskine Caldwell The Journey from Tobacco Road , and: The People's Writer Erskine Caldwell and the South (review)

Southern Cultures , Volume 4 (2) – Jan 4, 1998

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ership. If it is any indication of the state of southern studies at Vanderbilt today, the "twelve southerners" who published that earlier collection in 1930 could not but concede, however grudgingly, that the field is in excellent, if ideologically different hands. Erskine Caldwell The Journey from Tobacco Road By Dan B. Miller Alfred A. Knopf, 1 99 5 459 pp. Cloth, $30.00 The People's Writer Erskine Caldwell and the South By Wayne Mixon University Press of Virginia, 1995 213 pp. Cloth, $27.50 Reviewed by Bryant Simon, assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Georgia. Last year, I assigned Erskine Caldwell's Tobacco Road to my upper-level twentieth-century U.S. history class. On the first day of the quarter, as the students scanned the syllabus, one of them asked, "Who is this Erskine Caldwell guy?" I answered with a question, "Have any of you heard of Erskine Caldwell?" Only one woman out of the thirty or so in the class -- most of them from Caldwell's native Georgia -- raised her hand. She said she thought that he wrote "dirty, crude" books. I informed the class that Caldwell was one of the most popular writers in American

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jan 4, 1998

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