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Erskine Caldwell, Margaret Bourke-White, and the popular front : photojournalism in Russia

Author: Jay Caldwell
Publisher: Athens, Georgia : University of Georgia Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book looks at Erskine Caldwell and Margaret Bourke-White's collaborations, the adventures that led to them, the evolving political stances that informed them, and the aftereffects and influences of their work on their careers and those of others. Caldwell's novels Tobacco Road (1932) and God's Little Acre (1933) made the author a popular chronicler of the South but also a controversial one, due to his work's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Erskine Caldwell; Margaret Bourke-White; Margaret Bourke-White; Erskine Caldwell; Margaret Bourke-White; Erskine Caldwell
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jay Caldwell
ISBN: 9780820350226 0820350222
OCLC Number: 942838773
Description: xvii, 332 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Context : Caldwell and Bourke-White --
Connecticut to Moscow: spring 1941 --
Margaret Bourke-White : Moscow, 1941 --
A motley crew : the other Moscow correspondents --
Summer 1941 : June, July, August --
Smolensk I : death comes calling (September 15-16) --
Smolensk II : to hell and back (September 17-20) --
Getting out : the road home --
All-out on the road to Smolensk : the critical response --
All night long : Caldwell's flirtation with socialist realism --
All night long : the novel.
Responsibility: Jay E. Caldwell.

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This book looks at Erskine Caldwell and Margaret Bourke-White's collaborations, the adventures that led to them, the evolving political stances that informed them, and the aftereffects and influences of their work on their careers and those of others. Caldwell's novels Tobacco Road (1932) and God's Little Acre (1933) made the author a popular chronicler of the South but also a controversial one, due to his work's political themes and depictions of sexuality. Bourke-White was the first female photojournalist for LIFE and her iconic images graced its covers and helped solidify the magazine as a preeminent visual periodical. When the two married in 1939, they were both celebrities, popular and provocative in equal measures because of their leftist politics and their questioning of American cultural norms. They collaborated on the photodocumentary books You Have Seen Their Faces (1937), North of the Danube (1939), and Say, Is This the U.S.A. (1941). In 1941, the couple entered Russia on assignment and were there when the Germans invaded on June 22. As a result, Caldwell and Bourke-White were the first Americans to report on the Russian war front by broadcast radio and continued to transmit almost daily newspaper articles about the Russian reaction to the war. Their international celebrity and their clout within the Soviet literary establishment provided them access to people and places during their five-month stay. Their final collaboration, Russia at War (1942), is a culmination of their work during that time.

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