Books: Teeftallow

The Story* jolts off down the clay ruts of Lane County, Tennessee — stretches of crowded, stumbling action; bursts of mulish power. Abner Teeftallow, a brawny illiterate of 18, leaves the poor-farm where his mother died insane, to labor as a teamster on a traction project of Lanesburg's genius and potentate, Railroad Jones. From his fellow teamsters he learns the technique of hillbilly manhood— gulping moonshine, shooting craps Saturday nights in a wood, toting an automatic pistol for protection on "rambling" (courting) nights and for display at prayer-meetings. He reveres the four...

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