“TO THE END OF OUR DAYS”: INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH OF ERSKINE CALDWELL
CALDWELL, Erskine. Original photograph inscribed. No place: no publisher, circa 1968. Image measures 8 by 10 inches, framed, entire piece measures 13-1/2 by 16 inches. $900.
Head-shot of Caldwell, inscribed to the publisher of his Deep South: “For Victor Weybright, To the end of our days, Erskine Caldwell.”
Publisher Victor Weybright published one of Caldwell’s books: Deep South: Memory and Observation (1968), an informal view of religion from inside the Bible Belt, where Caldwell grew up. “Portraying a region steeped in religious piety and ritual, excess and prejudice, Deep South is a product both of Erskine Caldwell the storyteller and Erskine Caldwell the minister's son. By the time he left home at 17, Caldwell had witnessed such varieties in religious experience as Church of God all-night camp meetings, Holy Roller exhibitions on splintery wooden floors, primitive Christian baptismal immersions in muddy creeks, Seventh Day Adventist foot-washings, Body of Christ blood-drinking communions, Kingdom of God snake-handlings, Full Redeemer glossolalia services, and Fire Baptized Holiness street-corner rallies” (University of Georgia Press).
A fine inscribed photograph, handsomely framed.