RE: RARA-AVIS: Caldwell-Mitchell & Goodis-Fuller

From: Robison Michael R CNIN (
Date: 04 Nov 2002

Richard wrote: Caldwell, Faulkner, T.S. Stribling and others were all criticised by those who clung to the romantic vision of the south as presented in Mitchell's novel.

************ Hmm... I'm not familiar with Stribling, but I know that Caldwell and Faulkner took heat for their presentation of the South. Mario (Barthes?) has mentioned how the reader is an active participant in a book, and this is a good example. To many Southerners who read the book when it first came out, the book was a nasty case of rural muckraking, pointing an accusatory finger at the South for letting these deplorable conditions exist. A contemporary reader is more likely to see it as a black comedy portraying a dispossessed people who have been left out of the American dream.

TOBACCO ROAD made Modern Library's list of the top 100 novels written since 1900.
  And it looks like Caldwell's getting a movie adaptation of another book in 2003:

I watched the trailer. It didn't pique my interest.


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