Picture of author.

Thomas Wolfe (1900–1938)

Teoksen Look Homeward, Angel tekijä

144+ teosta 8,204 jäsentä 125 arvostelua 36 Favorited

Tietoja tekijästä

Thomas Wolfe was born in Asheville, North Carolina on October 3, 1900. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and Harvard University. He taught at New York University from 1924 to 1930. His four long autobiographical novels are Look Homeward, Angel; Of Time and the River; The Web and näytä lisää the Rock; and You Can't Go Home Again. He also wrote short stories that were collected in The Hills Beyond and From Death to Morning. He wrote several plays including Welcome to Our City. From an early bout with pneumonia, he suffered from tuberculosis of the lungs, which led to fatal tuberculosis of the brain. He died following brain surgery on September 15, 1938 at age 37. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
Image credit: Photo by Carl Van Vechten, Apr. 14, 1933 (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection, Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-87328)


Tekijän teokset

Look Homeward, Angel (1929) 3,581 kappaletta, 50 arvostelua
You Can't Go Home Again (1934) 1,761 kappaletta, 29 arvostelua
Of Time and the River (1935) 640 kappaletta, 10 arvostelua
The Web and the Rock (1937) 494 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
The Hills Beyond (1941) 246 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
From Death to Morning (1935) — Tekijä — 149 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Lost Boy: A Novella (1937) — Tekijä — 145 kappaletta, 10 arvostelua
The Complete Short Stories Of Thomas Wolfe (1989) 128 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
O Lost: A Story of the Buried Life (2000) 116 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
A Stone, a Leaf, a Door: Poems (1945) 95 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Face of a Nation (1939) 51 kappaletta
The Story of a Novel (1936) 47 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Of Time and the River, Volume 2 (1965) 43 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Thomas Wolfe Reader (1962) 38 kappaletta
Of Time and the River, Volume 1 (1971) 36 kappaletta
The Party at Jack's (1995) 31 kappaletta
The Letters of Thomas Wolfe (1956) 30 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Portable Thomas Wolfe (1946) 30 kappaletta
The Short Novels of Thomas Wolfe (1961) 27 kappaletta
The Good Child's River (1991) 26 kappaletta
Only the Dead Know Brooklyn: Stories (1952) 25 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Thomas Wolfe: The Complete Works (2018) 21 kappaletta
Short Stories (1947) 21 kappaletta
The Starwick Episodes (1994) 17 kappaletta
The notebooks of Thomas Wolfe (1970) 15 kappaletta
Mannerhouse (1948) 13 kappaletta
Welcome to Our City (1983) 12 kappaletta
Thomas Wolfe's Civil War (2004) 10 kappaletta
Letters 8 kappaletta
La mirada del ángel (2022) 8 kappaletta
No Door (2012) 8 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Especulación (2013) 7 kappaletta
Hermana muerte (2014) 7 kappaletta
CUENTOS (2020) 6 kappaletta
The story of a novel (2017) 5 kappaletta
Tengo algo que deciros (1964) 5 kappaletta
Notebooks of Thomas Wolfe (1970) 5 kappaletta
The Medical Students (2000) 4 kappaletta
Thomas Wolfe LOOK HOMEWARD ANGEL Modern Library Giant (1777) — Tekijä — 3 kappaletta
Der verlorene Knabe Erzählungen — Tekijä — 3 kappaletta
Wolfe, Thomas (1957) 3 kappaletta
Gewebe und Fels 3 kappaletta
Anteus or a Memory of earth (1996) 3 kappaletta
Circus at Dawn (1935) 3 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Return (1976) 3 kappaletta
Von Zeit und Strom (2018) 3 kappaletta
Sämtliche Erzählungen (1967) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Stories by Thomas Wolfe (1944) 3 kappaletta
L'Histoire d'un roman (2016) 2 kappaletta
K-19: SALVAGED PIECES (1983) 2 kappaletta
Death the proud brother (1964) 2 kappaletta
What a writer reads 2 kappaletta
Mountains: Two Plays (1970) 2 kappaletta
My Father's Hands 2 kappaletta
La red y la roca (2022) 2 kappaletta
The Child by Tiger 2 kappaletta
Willkommen in Altamont! / Herrenhaus (1962) — Tekijä — 2 kappaletta
Nézz vissza, angyal 1 kappale, 1 arvostelu
The Streets of Durham. (1982) 1 kappale
Mannerhouse 1 kappale
No puedes volver a casa (2023) 1 kappale
O času in reki 1 kappale
The Whore 1 kappale
Tres relatos 1 kappale
El ángel que nos mira (1901) 1 kappale
Selections (1952) 1 kappale
Chickamauga 1 kappale
Nie ma powrotu 1 kappale
Del tiempo y el río 1 kappale, 1 arvostelu

Associated Works

50 Great Short Stories (1952) — Avustaja — 1,275 kappaletta, 8 arvostelua
The Crack-Up (1945) — Avustaja — 927 kappaletta, 10 arvostelua
A Patriot's Handbook: Songs, Poems, Stories and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love (2003)eräät painokset497 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Avustaja — 394 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Baseball: A Literary Anthology (2002) — Avustaja — 339 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Avustaja — 297 kappaletta
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Avustaja — 284 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (1953) — Avustaja — 143 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Saturday Evening Post Treasury (1954) — Avustaja — 138 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Avustaja — 99 kappaletta
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (Expanded 10th-Anniversary Edition) (2008) — Avustaja — 94 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
A Treasury of Civil War Stories (1985) — Avustaja — 78 kappaletta
Rotten English: A Literary Anthology (2007) — Avustaja — 76 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Bedside Book of Famous American Stories (1936) — Avustaja — 72 kappaletta
Brooklyn Noir 2: The Classics (2005) — Avustaja — 70 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
New York (1980) — Avustaja — 60 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Reading for Pleasure (1957) — Avustaja — 52 kappaletta
A Quarto of Modern Literature (1935) — Avustaja — 40 kappaletta
Years of Protest: A Collection of American Writings of the 1930's (1967) — Avustaja — 39 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Food Tales: A Literary Menu of Mouthwatering Masterpieces (1992) — Avustaja — 39 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
New Masses; An Anthology of the Rebel Thirties, (1969) — Avustaja — 38 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Fifty Best American Short Stories 1915-1965 (1965) — Avustaja — 36 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
50 Best American Short Stories 1915-1939 (1939) — Avustaja — 28 kappaletta
Vogue's First Reader (1942) — Avustaja — 27 kappaletta
The Seas of God: Great Stories of the Human Spirit (1944) — Avustaja — 25 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Tell Me a Story: An Anthology (1957) — Avustaja — 23 kappaletta
A Good Man: Fathers and Sons in Poetry and Prose (1993) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Confederate Battle Stories (Civil War Series) (1992) — Avustaja — 19 kappaletta
A Southern Appalachian Reader (1988) — Avustaja — 14 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Law in Action: An Anthology of the Law in Literature (1947) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
Great Tales of City Dwellers (1955) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
Writer to Writer: Readings on the Craft of Writing (1966) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
Time to Be Young: Great Stories of the Growing Years (1945) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
Our lives : American labor stories — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
Tredive mesterfortællinger — Tekijä, eräät painokset3 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1935 — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
The Undying Past (1961) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Great Railroad Stories of the World — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Strange Barriers (1955) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Enjoying Stories (1987) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Modern American short stories (1963) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Carolina Folk-Plays, Second Series (1924)eräät painokset1 kappale
O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1934 (1934) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Kerouac Quarterly, V. 2, No. 1 — Avustaja — 1 kappale

Merkitty avainsanalla




This is the story of Eugene Gant, a southerner whose goal eventually becomes going to Harvard. It appears to be somewhat autobiographical as Thomas Wolfe grew up in the South and eventually went to Harvard. How much of Eugene Gant's story is also Thomas Wolfe's story is much less clear. Eugene is the youngest of a very dysfunctional family. His father hates his mother's family and she cannot stand his. The father had been a successful businessman but is erratic in the extreme and very alcoholic. His mother is excessively concerned about expenses wanting every cent to me invested in her passion, real estate. She knows the value of every parcel but is totally blind to the value and the problems of her family members, her spouse and her children. The children act out in rebellion in all directions.

Eugene, being the youngest, is his mother's last chance to get parenting right. He's her darling and can do no wrong, much to the dismay of his older siblings. They got punished for what he now gets away with. He gets support where they got nothing or less than they needed. He turns inward and becomes the scholar they never were. He reads Latin and Greek, reads and writes poetry, thinks about Gods and mythical creatures. They are real to him. They allow him to escape the dysfunction around him. Yet as he grows he sees more and more of what is around him. This is where my problem reading this book began. What was around Eugene was the South of the early twentieth century. As I read many classics I have to remember that was then and this is now and hold off seeing their lives with my eyes. We've moved on. Yet around Eugene is so much that is now repugnant. Wolfe is thoroughly comfortable with the N-word. It and it's variants are used hundreds of times in this book. Most importantly there seems to be no recognition that anything was wrong with this. After a while I found myself shutting down. My empathy for him diminished as he showed no empathy for those around him. Disappointing. I would have loved to see this book in a more positive light.

Back to the story. The mother in her penny-pinching mode has made their home into a boarding house. Many stories surround the less than savory boarders that pass through. Mother seems to totally ignore the fact that many of the boarders are prostitutes. She sees failings in none of then, just her husband and children. Her husband gets progressively ill and is cared for by one of the older girls. The mother always dismisses her husband's illness with there's nothing wrong, or he'll survive, or that's just his way to get attention – never any empathy. This constant theme is heightened when one of Eugene's older brothers gets sick. He was the one who escaped by becoming a sailor and often was never home. As he was dying he refused to even let his mother see him. He wanted no part of her false empathy. His death brought this into stark resolution, even for Eugene.

Eugene escapes by going back to college, becoming a star pupil and preparing to go to Harvard. At the end I was wanted nothing more to do with this dysfunction. It was clear that Wolfe was an impressive writer. The lyricism of his prose reminded me of Thomas Mann, my favorite writer. Wolfe's prose was constantly spinning a situation, wandering almost aimlessly, had many unconnected observations all reminding me of Joyce. Those qualities kept me reading.
… (lisätietoja)
Merkitty asiattomaksi
Ed_Schneider | 49 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 2, 2023 |
This book was a major disappointment. I really looked forward to reading it for a variety of reasons. I was fascinated that the simple phrase "you can't go home again" is often prefaced by "As Thom Wolfe has said". He owned it. I wanted very much to explore the phrase and thoroughly expected this book to answer that need. The phrase is rich with psychological meaning. It talks to both our present and our past, our seeing the past rosier than it ever was and our having needs that nostalgia addresses. But my hopes were dashed. While Wolfe does explore going back home he puts a spin on it that takes us in an entirely different direction. Instead of being the prodigal son who returns to his people he is the writer who has exposed everything about where he came from and more than anything the failings and faults of all the people back there. No wonder no one welcomes his homecoming. He's not the hero, he's a traitor. That was not the exploration of a yearning we all feel. Has he ruined the phrase by immediately associating it was this other issue? Hopefully only those who actually read the book will be sidetracked. A cold shower may not be enough. The phrase " you can't un-ring a bell" comes to mind.

This novel again feels autobiographical. The central character, George Webber, is a southern writer struggling to focus on writing. It also is very much of a time and place. It was written at the height of the depression and with the rise of Nazis and fascists in Europe. Lots of easy targets. The roaring twenties is exposed for its lack of a real foundation. All those beliefs in growth and reward make easy targets for lack of foresight. They didn't see the ground coming out from under them. Wolfe sees them as pure speculators and hucksters, not as builders of a better future. The banker who had been seen as a pillar of the community is now someone who stole other people's money. Not surprising that Wolfe became popular, everyone wanted to put the blame on someone for their predicament. In the beginning of the story George has a wealthy older, married, mistress. He's even invited to a party she's giving with her husband. He reluctantly attends. The party turns out to be a disaster. The performer she's hired brings his own entourage and a fire ends the fiasco. George decides he can't continue with the relationship, he clearly disapproves of her life, her husband and their friends. He decides enough of that, that's all false and he wants to have nothing to do with that. He saw it as interfering with his writing. I was disappointed. That storyline seemed interesting.

George then moves to Brooklyn living a much sparer life style and concentrating on finishing his first book. Not clear that this is what Wolfe did but it would not surprise me. Once his book is published he has some money and moves to Paris, like many writers of that time. He falls under the sway of a major writer who believes that George, based on his first book, is a major writer. George appreciates the attention. He even visits Berlin. He eventually returns to New York living in a apartment with some other Southerners. I found this section of the book less engaging. I did not see the point of it. It's a shame Wolfe dies young and we have so few of his works. He was definitely a talented writer.
… (lisätietoja)
Merkitty asiattomaksi
Ed_Schneider | 28 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 2, 2023 |
Wolfe re-creates his early 20th Century North Carolina childhood from infancy through adolescence in the character of Eugene,, depicting his family members, friends, and neighbors in caricatures without humor, warmth, or affection, in impressionistic, brocaded language in which almost every noun, almost every verb is tangled with modifiers, like burrs on a country dog, and with such an uncontrolled love of similes that frequently he offers the reader a choice of them for a single scene. The book is an inventory of all the places he has seen along with their smells, sounds, and colors; a catalog of all the people he has known, carefully described along with their histories, many of them never mentioned again. It's difficult to read 200,000 words about a person who is too young to have had interesting experiences, too meek and introspective to make observations on human nature, too absorbed in melodramatic fantasies of love and heroism to engage in reality.… (lisätietoja)
Merkitty asiattomaksi
estragon73 | 49 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 29, 2023 |
After many years away from reading Thomas Wolfe, I am reminded again why he is my favorite writer. He is a poet who writes prose, and this brief tone poem to his youth, his father, and to the vast promise and sorrow of America that infuses everything Wolfe wrote is as musical and profound as anything he ever wrote.
Merkitty asiattomaksi
jumblejim | Aug 26, 2023 |



You May Also Like

Associated Authors


Also by
Arvio (tähdet)
Kuinka monen suosikki

Taulukot ja kaaviot