Short stories, sketches, etc. In part, second string Caldwell, when compared to Kneet to the Rising Sun. They seem on the whole pretty thin, though occasionally one finds the old Caldwell, flashback here and there of power and intensity in pictures of poor whites, bums, lost souls -- black and white. The best story of the lot is A Knife to Cut the Cornbread With. Grim implications in many are concealed with deliberate lightness of tone, but when writing in his own vein, there is the same relentless irony and depth of emotional content.