A LAMP FOR NIGHTFALL (211 pp)Erskine CaldwellDuell,
Sloan & PearceLittle, Brown ($3).
One thing about Novelist Erskine Caldwell: he plays no regional
favorites. He sniffs out fictional meanness and degeneracy with the
zest of a Berkshire in a barnyard, and he imagines them as readily in
staid old New England as he does in the meaner stretches of Georgia.
Actually the region doesn't matter. By now, Caldwell's characters are not
so much recognizable people as mass-produced toys which squeak set
speeches and make appropriate gestures when wound up. In Episode in
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