Erskine Caldwell letter to Mr. Sumner

Erskine Caldwell letter to Mr. Sumner

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987
Title: Erskine Caldwell letter to Mr. Sumner
Dates: 1947 April 26
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Coll. Number: ms2083

Biographical/Historical Note

Over the course of a long career, Erskine Caldwell wrote twelve books of nonfiction, twenty-five novels, and nearly 150 short stories. He was intent on depicting life among the lowly in Georgia and the rest of the South, and his concern for the less fortunate-poor whites and blacks-shines in his great novels and short stories of the 1930s. This concern also permeates the strongest writing of his later years, his nonfiction works of the 1960s.

In 1931 Scribner's published American Earth, Caldwell's first significant book. Introducing his work to a wider audience, American Earth ushered in an extraordinarily productive decade. By 1940 Caldwell had written, among other works, the novels Tobacco Road, God's Little Acre, and Trouble in July; the short-story collection Kneel to the Rising Sun; and the documentary You Have Seen Their Faces. A month before his death on April 11, 1987, Peachtree Publishers in Atlanta issued his final book, an autobiography entitled With All My Might. --- Erskine Caldwell, 1903-1987 -- New Georgia Encyclopedia (Retrieved November 24, 2009)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a typed, signed letter from Erskine Caldwell to Mr. Sumner dated April 26, 1947. It is on Caldwell's personal stationery. In this letter, Caldwell answers an academic inquiry about one of his works - "Daughter" - regarding race in the story.

Index Terms

Authors, American--Georgia--Correspondence.
Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987 -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Erskine Caldwell letter to Mr. Sumner. MS 2083. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: Erskine Caldwell papers, ca. 1930-1978; Erskine Caldwell - Girl with figurines manuscript; Erskine Caldwell motion picture contracts, 1933-1934; Erskine Caldwell - Screenplay for Gretta; Erskine Caldwell, 1940; Erskine Caldwell photograph; Letters to Stetson Kennedy, 1940-1942, 1958, 1978;

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Letter, 1947 April 26