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Georgia Boy by Erskine Caldwell
Book DescriptionIn this appealing collection of fourteen interrelated stories, twelve-year-old William Stroup recounts the ludicrous predicaments and often self-imposed hardships his family endures. Playing on the tension between Martha, his hardworking, sensible mother, and Morris, his disarmingly likable but shiftless and philandering father, William tells of Pa's flirtation with a widow, his swapping match with a band of gypsies, his battle of wits with a traveling silk-tie saleswoman, and his get-rich-quick schemes based on selling Ma's old love letters and collecting scrap iron.Often caught in the middle of the Stroups' bungles is Handsome Brown, their yard hand, as well as a number of animals with all-too-human qualities: Ida, the mule; Pretty Sooky, the runaway calf; College Boy, the fighting cock; a small flock of woodpeckers that favor Handsome's head over a tree; and goats who commandeer the roof of the Stroups' house."Georgia Boy" was a special book to Caldwell, and its humor is less in the service of social criticism than in other works in which he dealt with poor white southerners. Beneath "Georgia Boy's" folksy lightheartedness, however, lie the problems of indigence, racism, and apathy that Caldwell confronted again and again in his fiction.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780820317366
(216mm x 139mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of Georgia Press
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publish Date: 30-Jun-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Erskine Caldwell
Journeyman, Paperback (May 1996)
This novel introduces the philandering, murderous itinerant preacher, Semon Dye. Part allegory, part tall tale, and with a good measure of old frontier humour, "Journeyman" tells of a stranger, as devilish as he is divine.
Call it Experience, Paperback (May 1996)
This memoir presents a self-portrait of Esrkine Caldwell's first 30 years as a writer, with special emphasis on his long and hard apprenticeship before he emerged as one of the most widely read and controversial writers of his time.
Sacriledge of Alan Kent, Hardback (November 1995)
A semi-autobiography of the childhood of Alan Kent, from early manhood to artist. The text includes brief, graphic sketches which illustrate the struggle against various hardening effects of a brutal and seemingly indifferent world.
In Search of Bisco, Paperback (September 1995)» View all books by Erskine Caldwell
This is the story of the journey of Erskine Caldwell as he set out across the South to find his black boyhood friend, at the zenith of the civil rights movement. It seeks to answer questions surrounding the race problem through the many people that he met.
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Author Biography - Erskine Caldwell
Erskine Caldwell (1903-1987) was born in Newnan, Georgia. He became one of America's most widely read, prolific, and critically debated writers, with a literary output of more than sixty titles. At the time of his death, Caldwell's books had sold eighty million copies worldwide in more than forty languages. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1984.
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