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Tobacco Road - by Erskine Caldwell Background of the author Erskine Caldwell was born in 1903 in White Oak Georgia Caldwell was the son of a missionary who moved from church to church He rarely lived longer than a year in one place While moving from place to place Erskine acquired a deep knowledge of the Southern sharecroppers As a young man Caldwell took odd jobs and worked in southern states The places he traveled to were the Deep South Mexico and parts of Central America At the age of seventeen he enrolled at Erskine College in South Carolina for a short time However Mr Caldwell quickly transferred to the University of Virginia on a scholarship There he began to write short stories Soon after this he attended the University of Pennsylvania but he eventually moved to Maine While living in Maine in the 1920s Caldwell devoted his time to writing He soon had three stories accepted for publication These stories included two of his most famous works which are Tobacco Road and Gods Little Acre These works shocked readers and were banned from many libraries However many critics saw Caldwell as a literary realist who made books that gave an accurate portrayal of rural poverty where men and women degenerated into an almost subhuman existence Tobacco Road was adapted into a play in 1933 that ran on Broadway for more than seven years After writing another book Mr Caldwell traveled for six years married divorced and collaborated on four more books During World War II Caldwell was a newspaper correspondent in the Soviet Union He wrote a personal account from this experience called All-Out on the Road to Smolensk Caldwell was also a
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