"Caldwell's standards are the standards of perfection. . . . His calculated indifference is almost a sullenness to conceal his cold fury, his bitter scorn, of human obloquy."
—Saturday Review of Literature
"The South is a country of incredible extremes. . . . Caldwell is one of the best and fairest recorders of them."
"In language as simple, melodious, and disarming as the drawl of his outlandish characters, Caldwell depicts the bucolic tenderness and almost genial brutality that overtakes a Southern community."
"[Trouble in July] stands on its own feet, a work of art. . . . Caldwell is always the disciplined artist."
Erskine Caldwell shows the lynching of Sonny Clark through many eyes. However, Caldwell reserves some of his most powerful passages for the few who truly held Clark's life in their hands but let it go: people like Sheriff Jeff McCurtain, who did nothing to disperse the mob; Harvey Glenn, who found Clark in hiding and turned him in; and Katy Barlow, who withdrew her false charge of rape only after Clark was dead.
Read more about Erskine Caldwell at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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