Tobacco Road

Tobacco Road

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Caldwell’s controversial classic: the story of a Southern sharecropper family ground down by the devastation of the Great Depression
 
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.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erskine Caldwell including rare photos and never-before-seen documents courtesy of the Dartmouth College Library.

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.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erskine Caldwell including rare photos and never-before-seen documents courtesy of the Dartmouth College Library.


Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : R. Bentley, [1978]
Copyright Date: ©1932
ISBN: 9781453216958
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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francisking
Mar 18, 2019

"Set during the Depression in the depleted farmlands surrounding Augusta, Georgia, Tobacco Road was first PUBLISHED in 1922. "

it was NOT "set" in the DEPRESSION...

it was set 1O years BEFORE the DEPRESSION !!!!!

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joezind
Jul 02, 2016

Southern writers are entitled to creating works of fiction without being judged as racist or insensitive. In "Tobacco Road" Caldwell spins a classic fable out of a sackful of turnips.
This book walks you down a country road for a few hours like a good friend. Enjoy it.

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Ranger4402
May 11, 2016

This book is pure Socialist trash. Take a bunch of dumb people from the South, watch them make one dumb decision after another and the solution to such foolishness is some kind of "outside intervention." We all know what that means.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 24, 2013

Georgia author Erskine Caldwell's reputation has not really survived and he's rarely mentioned in the same breathe as fellow Southern writers like Faulkner, O'Connor, McCulers, etc. Although I don't think it's meant to be comic, this novel about poor whites in rural Georgia plays as comedy. Also, I don't know if Caldwell was racist or just his characters were. Turned into a film a few years later. For a more serious look at a similar subject, see "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men."

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