Reading Erskine Caldwell: New Essays Robert L. McDonald

ISBN: 9780786423439

Published: January 1st 2006


239 pages


Reading Erskine Caldwell: New Essays  by  Robert L. McDonald

Reading Erskine Caldwell: New Essays by Robert L. McDonald
January 1st 2006 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 239 pages | ISBN: 9780786423439 | 9.28 Mb

Erskine Caldwell has been compared to literary giants like Faulkner and Hemingway, yet he has also been reviled as a peddler of pop trash. Was he a genius, or just a shooting star whose brilliance faded long before he stopped writing? These 12 essays explore a variety of issues. They discuss Caldwell as humorist, social commentator, modernist, and revolutionary novelist. They examine his themes and tropes (political images, social injustice, the environment, ideological struggles) and his use of artistic devices (short stories, cubist strategies, repetition).

A generous bibliography includes not only books on Caldwell but also chapters and forewords, journal articles, essays, news items and obituaries. The reader is encouraged to look at Caldwell with fresh eyes, to press beyond his controversial image, and to compare his works, especially his early ones, to those of any of the top names in literature.

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