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												God's Little Acre (Modern Library #51.2) by  Erskine CALDWELL
	 - First Edition Thus
			 - 1936
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God's Little Acre (Modern Library #51.2)

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God's Little Acre (Modern Library #51.2)

by CALDWELL, Erskine

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  • hardcover
  • First
Poor in Good dust jacket
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New York: The Modern Library. Poor in Good dust jacket. 1936. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Stated First Modern Library edition, 1934 (confirmed). A reprint edition of Mr. Caldwell's rollicking, humorous novel, featuring eccentric Southern farmers. This work was so controversial that it was banned in Boston and New York, and the author was arrested for disseminating 'pornography'. With a new foreword by the author. A New York court filing declaring the legality of this work is appended. --- In Toledano spine 7 / blue balloon cloth / limp boards / gilt cover & spine lettering & decorations / dark topstain / orange Kent endpapers / jacket style e, verso lists 225 titles in ML catalog. ML #51.2. --- A heavily-used former rental library copy, with broken binding at front of volume, which has been repaired with white cloth tape. Also with partial splits to the binding and rusty soiling to be found at various locations. Much of the spine gilding has flaked away. Volume wrapped in olive rental library wrapper (inside the Modern Library jacket). Jacket with chips, tears and soiling but mostly intact and in removable mylar protector. This scarce item normally priced much higher than this severely damaged copy. ; Ex-Library; 16mo (6 to 7 in. tall); ix, 303, (14) pages .


God's Little Acre by author Erskine Caldwell tells the story of a rural, proletariat family in South Carolina whose lives seemingly revolve around the pursuit of sex and money. A commentary on the plight of the working class sans union protection in the 1930s, the novel also explores themes on land and resource conservation. Due to the sexual imagery, Caldwell was sued for the dissemination of pornography, but ultimately prevailed in court. The case and decision is considered significant in the establishment of modern interpretations of first amendment rights and freedom of expression. Published in 1933 by The Viking Press in black cloth printed in orange and green, the simple pictoral jacket with a sunrise seems to imply a pastoral theme far removed from the actual book's contents. As was the custom for Viking Press at the time, a first has neither a statement of first edition, nor any mention of subsequent printings. It's not uncommon to find a copy in the sunny jacket for around $2,000-$4,000 with signed copies pushing the price up to around $5,000-$6,000.


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God's Little Acre (Modern Library #51.2)
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Used - Poor in Good dust jacket
First Edition Thus
The Modern Library
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