Alan Kent is a wanderer, a seeker. Driven by, or fleeing from, unnamed forces, he struggles against the hardening effects of a brutal and indifferent world. In a series of episodes, Erskine Caldwell tells the semiautobiographical story of Kent's childhood, roving early manhood, and transformation into an artist.
The episodes, which range from brief, graphic sketches to one-sentence impressions, are filled with elemental images of light and darkness, blood and water, earth and sky. Although an early work, The Sacrilege of Alan Kent shows readers the poetic economy, stark naturalism, and concern for the South's poorest people that became the hallmarks of Caldwell's later work.
Read more about Erskine Caldwell at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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