Today is the centennial of Erskine Caldwell’s birth and the New York Times has a profile of the author.
“I knew what I wanted to write and what I wanted to write about,” he once recalled. “I wanted to write about the people I knew as they really lived, moved, and talked.”
Using Maine as his base, Caldwell began what became the lifelong habit of writing a story a week. Unlike most aspiring novelists of the Jazz Age, Caldwell was unafraid to bring crude sexuality and barnyard humor into his fiction.
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