Call It Experience: The Years of Learning How to Write

Call It Experience: The Years of Learning How to Write

by Erskine Caldwell
     
 

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This memoir presents an engaging self-portrait of Erskine Caldwell's first thirty years as a writer, with special emphasis on his long and hard apprenticeship before he emerged as one of the most widely read and controversial authors of his time. While conveying the enormous amount of drive and dedication with which he pursued the writer's life, Caldwell tells of… See more details below

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This memoir presents an engaging self-portrait of Erskine Caldwell's first thirty years as a writer, with special emphasis on his long and hard apprenticeship before he emerged as one of the most widely read and controversial authors of his time. While conveying the enormous amount of drive and dedication with which he pursued the writer's life, Caldwell tells of his struggles to find his own voice, his travels, and his various jobs, which ranged from back-breaking common labor to much sought-after positions in radio, film, and journalism.

Such literary personages as Nathanael West, Maxwell Perkins, and Margaret Mitchell appear in Call It Experience, as does Margaret Bourke-White, with whom he collaborated on a number of projects and whom he also married. Including a self-interview, Call It Experience offers a wealth of insights into Caldwell's imagination, his sources of inspiration, and his writing habits, as well as his views on critics and reviewers, publishers, and booksellers. It is a source of both information and inspiration to aspiring writers.

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"Perhaps we're like New Yorkers who have never seen the Statue of Liberty—we forget the genius in our own backyard. Erskine Caldwell is one. . . . No one more richly deserves a critical renaissance than this writer, whose laser eye and balanced wit bring life to his work."--Southern Living

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ISBN-13:
9780820318493
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Series:
Brown Thrasher Books Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.82(d)

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Erik Bledsoe
On the surface, Call it Experience is a celebration of literary achievement, but underneath it reveals the author's fear of failure....Within this tension, we discover the real Urskine Caldwell, the person behind the public persona he so carefully crafts in this autobiography.

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