God's Little Acre

God's Little Acre

Book - 1995
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Like Tobacco Road , this novel chronicles the final decline of a poor white family in rural Georgia. Exhorted by their patriarch Ty Ty, the Waldens ruin their land by digging it up in search of gold. Complex sexual entanglements and betrayals lead to a murder within the family that completes its dissolution. Juxtaposed against the Waldens' obsessive search is the story of Ty Ty's son-in-law, a cotton mill worker in a nearby town who is killed during a strike.

First published in 1933, God's Little Acre was censured by the Georgia Literary Commission, banned in Boston, and once led the all-time best-seller list, with more than ten million copies in print.

Publisher: Athens, Ga. : University of Georgia Press, 1995, c1961
ISBN: 9780820316635
Branch Call Number: FIC/CAL 4565 1


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Aug 11, 2016

1933 Southern-set novel that, along with "Tobacco Row," is Erskine Caldwell's best-known (only known really) novel. Caldwell was writing during the great wave of Southern writers, which also included Faulkner (his obvious influence), Katherine Ann Porter, Robert Penn Warren, and Flannery O'Connor. Caldwell is not in their class and comes off as a parody of Southern cliches (poverty, rural life, messed up families, racism, God). Could this be the start of white trash exploitation? It's worth reading for historical importance. It was banned in certain circles. This edition features vaguely psychedelic drawings by Milton Glaser, which don't really fit with the book.

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