Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell (Signet 627 – 1956)

Signet 627, 28th printing

Signet 627, 28th printing

Here is Erskine Caldwell‘s world-famous, earthy novel about Jeeter Lester, his shiftless family, and their ribald adventures with the other seedy characters along Tobacco Road. This pungent story of primitive living and lusting in the rural South has sold nearly 3,000,000 copies in America alone, with translations in fifteen foreign languages. A non-stop bestseller, transformed into a record-breaking Broadway play and a major motion picture, Tobacco Road is one of Caldwell’s greatest novels of his native South.

Cover by James Avati.

I don’t think I’ve heard of a story being described as “pungent” until now…

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