(December 17, 1903-April 11, 1987)
Born in Cowetta County, Georgia
Most famous for novels 'Tobacco Road' (1932) and 'God's Little Acre' (1933)
Why he might be annoying
Slate.com described his most famous book 'Tobacco Road' as 'a greasy hairball of a novel.'
Many Southerners feel his fiction stereotypes them as backward, oversexed, brutal degenerates.
His sex scenes typically open this way: 'Ellie May's acting like your old hound used to when he got the itch....Look at her scrap her bottom on the sand.'
The schlocky paperback versions of his novels cost him a lot of credibility with serious reviewers.
accused him of selling out for 'Yankee dollars.'
He was married four times.
Much of his later work remains unpublished.
Why he might not be annoying
Accused of caricaturing the South, he was in fact committed to fighting social injustice.
The New York Literary Society had him arrested for obscenity when 'God's Little Acre' was published.
Fans and supporters included William Faulkner, Sherwood Anderson, Saul Bellow and H.L. Mencken.
He was a foreign correspondent in the Ukraine during World War 2.
He married well known Life magazine photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White.
His books were among the first published as mass market paperbacks.
He was one of the most banned--and read--authors of the twentieth century.
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Year In Review:
In 2016, Out of 9 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 8 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 5 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 15 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 11 Votes: 72.73% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 11 Votes: 72.73% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 20 Votes: 70.0% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 25 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 30 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
In 2007, Out of 63 Votes: 68.25% Annoying
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