N.p. Author, N.d.: c.1940s. Original Typescript. Typescript. PRESENTATION COPY SIGNED by the Author, small 4tos, recto only (11" H x 8 1/2" W), (n.p., n.d., ca. 1940's), an original typescript for a later appearance of this Caldwell story, with a new, one-page introduction by Caldwell. SIGNED "Erskine Caldwell" on the final leaf, complete in 29 loose quarto pages, rectos only. Near Fine. Item #1827
SIGNED in ink by the Author on the last (29th) page.
Erskine Preston Caldwell (1903 – 1987) was an American novelist and short story writer. His writings about poverty, racism and social problems in his native Southern United States in novels such as Tobacco Road and God's Little Acre won him critical acclaim, but also made him controversial among Southerners of the time who felt he was deprecating the people of the region.
Caldwell wrote 25 novels, 150 short stories, twelve nonfiction collections, two autobiographies, and two books for young readers. He also edited the influential American Folkways series, a 28-volume series of books about different regions of the United States.
A RARE survival from Caldwell's early and struggling career as an author.
We quote Caldwell's introduction on the first page of the typescript.:
"This story, over a period of years, was rejcted by practically every magazine in the United States. Aside from that, I found it to be an interesting experience, because editors, not content with merely turning it down, felt called upon to accompany their refusals with advice that the story was (a) not true to life, (b) a denial of man's nobility, (c) injurious to my reputation, (d) an incitation to violence, (e) not understandable to readers (Hello, Bill), and (f) evidence of a disordered mind. The story was finally accepted and published by "The Yale Review." Subsequently, it was given the Yale Review Award for Fiction." [sic]. This is its seventh appearance in print."
Some rubbing to edges of leaves; a few leaves with some creasing and a few corrections to typescript, else Fine.
From the collection of noted collector and literary professor, Donald Kaufmann.