Tobacco Road

A Novel

Title Details

Pages: 192

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in

Formats

Paperback

Pub Date: 02/01/1995

ISBN: 9-780-8203-1661-1

List Price: $19.95

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FICTION / Literary

Tobacco Road

A Novel

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Set during the Depression in the depleted farmlands surrounding Augusta, Georgia, Tobacco Road was first published in 1932. It is the story of the Lesters, a family of white sharecroppers so destitute that most of their creditors have given up on them. Debased by poverty to an elemental state of ignorance and selfishness, the Lesters are preoccupied by their hunger, sexual longings, and fear that they will someday descend to a lower rung on the social ladder than the black families who live near them.

Mr. Caldwell's humor, like Mark Twain's, has as its source an imagination that stirs the emotions of the reader.

New York Herald Tribune

Caldwell displays a talent which is unique.

New York Times

An original, mature approach to people who ignore the civilization that contains them as completely as it ignores them.

The Nation

About the Author/Editor

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.