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Erskine Caldwell, American author. Decorated L'Ordre du Merite Culturel (Poland); Commander L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France); recipient Yale Review $1,000 award for fiction, 1933. Member Authors League American, American Academy and Institute Arts and Letters, International P.E.N., Euphemian Literature Society, Raven Society Clubs: Phoenix Press, San Francisco Press.

Background

Caldwell, Erskine was born on December 17, 1903 in Moreland, Georgia, United States. Son of Ira Sylvester and Caroline Preston (Bell) Caldwell.

Education

Student, Erskine College, South Carolina., 1920, 21;student, University Virginia, 1922, 25, 26;student, University Pennsylvania, 1924.

Career

Newspaper writer, 1925;cotton picker, stage hand, professional football player, book reviewer, lecturer, editor. Motion picture screen writer, Hollywood, California, 1933-1934, 42-43;correspondent, Mexico, Spain, Czechoslovakia, 1938-1939;correspondent, China, Mongolia, Turkestan, 1940;editor, American Folkways, 1940-1955;war correspondent, Life magazine, Prime Minister, Columbia Broadcasting System, Russia, 1941.

Works

Membership

Member Authors League American, American Academy and Institute Arts and Letters, International P.E.N., Euphemian Literature Society, Raven Society Clubs: Phoenix Press, San Francisco Press.

Connections

Married Helen Lannigan, March 3, 1925. Children– Erskine Preston, Dabney Withers, Janet. Married Margaret Bourke-White, February 27, 1939.

Married June Johnson, December 21, 1942. 1 child, Jay Erskine. Married Virginia Moffett Fletcher, January 1, 1957.

father:
Ira Sylvester Caldwell

mother:
Caroline Preston (Bell) Caldwell

spouses:
Helen Lannigan

Margaret Bourke-White

June Johnson

Virginia Moffett Fletcher

children:
Erskine Preston Caldwell

Dabney Withers Caldwell

Janet Caldwell

Jay Erskine Caldwell