|Title:||Look Homeward, Angel. A Story of the Buried Life.|
A legendary author on par with William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Wolfe published Look Homeward, Angel, his first novel, about a young man's burning desire to leave his small town and tumultuous family in search of a better life, in 1929. It gave the world proof of his genius and launched a powerful legacy.
The novel follows the trajectory of Eugene Gant, a brilliant and restless young man whose wanderlust and passion shape his adolescent years in rural North Carolina. Wolfe said that Look Homeward, Angel is "a book made out of my life," and his largely autobiographical story about the quest for a greater intellectual life has resonated with and influenced generations of readers, including some of today's most important novelists. Rich with lyrical prose and vivid characterizations, this twentieth-century American classic will capture the hearts and imaginations of every reader.--Goodreads.com. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Wolfe, Thomas
Thomas Clayton Wolfe (3 October, 1900—15 September, 1938) was an American novelist of the early twentieth century. Wolfe wrote four lengthy novels as well as many short stories, dramatic works, and novellas. He is known for mixing highly original, poetic, rhapsodic, and impressionistic prose with autobiographical writing. His books, written and published from the 1920s to the 1940s, vividly reflect on American culture and the mores of that period, filtered through Wolfe’s sensitive, sophisticated, and hyper-analytical perspective.
His most popular work, Look Homeward Angel (1929), an autobiographical piece centering on his alter ego, Eugene Gant, fictionalized his early experiences in Asheville, North Carolina and chronicled family, friends, and the boarders at his mother’s establishment on Spruce Street. In the book, he renamed the town Altamont and called the boarding house “Dixieland.” His family’s surname became Gant, and Wolfe called himself Eugene, his father Oliver, and his mother Eliza. The novel caused a stir in Asheville, with its over 200 thinly disguised local characters. Some members of Wolfe’s family were also upset with their portrayal in the book.
Wolfe saw less than half of his work published in his lifetime, there being much unpublished material remaining after his death of miliary tuberculosis. He was the first American writer to leave two complete, unpublished novels in the hands of his publisher at death. The Web and the Rock and You Can’t Go Home Again, were edited posthumously by Edward Aswell of Harper & Brothers. In these novels, Wolfe changed the name of his autobiographical character from Eugene Gant to George Webber.
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