The Unabridged Edition of Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell C1932
Item number: oZV0yBSXkfA 678
Antique book The Unabridged Edition of Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell, Grosset & Dunlap, copyright 1932.
May have a few markings, smudges or folds within, but scrolling through it appears to be very clean. Bumps along edges of cover.
Dust jacket attached with tears and folds.
The new, original, and audacious talent of Erksine Caldwell had already created a considerable ruffling of feathers among the literary dovecotes, when a dramatic version of Tobacco Road which gave Henry Hull a vehicle for his greatest stage triumph opened on Broadway.
The story of the disintegration of old man Jeeter and his family was too appalling for some of the super-sensitive critics. Yet these very same gentlemen, had the production been sponsored by a group of Irish Players or Russian Players, would have called it art. That it should be an authentic picture of a family of Poor Whites down in the God-forsaken back country of Georgia, USA made it something else again.
Tobacco Road tells a tale so stark as to exert almost hypnotic power over the reader. It is a piece of genuine literature, The characterizations are vivid, accurate. The writing is frequently Rabelaisian.
There is humor and pathos in this tragedy. Old man Jeeters destiny - that of the white man, deteriorated by a climate inexorably adverse, finally extinguished by a distant industrialism of which he is not even aware - touches the universal.
"The classic novel of a Georgia family undone by the Great Depression: “[A] story of force and beauty” (New York Post). Even before the Great Depression struck, Jeeter Lester and his family were desperately poor sharecroppers. But when hard times begin to affect the families that once helped support them, the Lesters slip completely into the abyss. Rather than hold on to each other for support, Jeeter, his wife Ada, and their twelve children are overcome by the fractured and violent society around them. Banned and burned when first released in 1932, Tobacco Road is a brutal examination of poverty’s dehumanizing influence by one of America’s great masters of political fiction." - Goodreads