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Caldwell, Erskine Preston

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Born: 1903 AD
Died: 1987 AD, at 83 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Novelists, Writers

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1903 - Born in a house in the woods outside Moreland, Georgia in Coweta County, on the 17th of December. He is the son of a minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

1925 - He left the University of Virginia to become a reporter for the Atlanta Journal.

1929-1931 - His prolific career as an author was launched by The Bastard, Poor Fool, and American Earth.

1932 - One of his most famous novels "Tobacco Road" was published.

         - It was the publication of Tobacco Road that assured Caldwell's success.

1933 - Caldwell's next novel, God's Little Acre, the story of Ty Ty Walden, a Georgia dirt farmer, and his sons and daughters, and the barren, useless acre of land that he dedicates to
God.

         - Tobacco Road was dramatized and ran for a record- breaking seven years on Broadway, despite an obscenity charge that was brought against it by the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice.

1935 - He wrote the play, 'Journeyman'.

         - He wrote Kneel to the Rising Sun and Other Stories, The Sacrilege of Alan Kent, and Southways.

1937 - With Margaret Bourke-White, they wrote "You Have Seen Their Faces".

1938 - Caldwell was a newspaper correspondent in Mexico, Spain, and Czechoslovakia.

1939 - He married to photographer Margaret Bourke-White.

         - He was a newspaper and radio correspondent in the Soviet Union.

1944 - Wrote four pages short story "Message for Genevieve".

1957 - Caldwell married his fourth wife, Virginia Moffett Fletcher.

1968-1976 - His later books included the comical Miss Mama Aimee, Annette, and Afternoons in Mid-America, a collection of his impressions of ordinary people.

1987 - Caldwell died of lung cancer on 11th of April in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

         - A heavy smoker for all of his adult life, Caldwell twice underwent surgery for the removal of portions of his lungs.

         - Caldwell completed his autobiography, With All My Might.

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