Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe

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The stunning, classic coming-of-age novel written by one of America's foremost Southern writers

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.

About Thomas Wolfe

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Thomas Wolfe was born in Asheville, North Carolina, and educated at the University of North Carolina and Harvard University. He taught English at New York University and traveled extensively in Europe and America. Wolfe created his indelible legacy as a classic American novelist with works including Of Time and the River; A Stone, a Leaf, a Door; and From Death to Morning. He died in 1938.
Published July 1, 1997 by Scribner. 544 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From the novel by Thomas Wolfe, this play is an extraordinarily successful synthesis of a great sprawling novel of youthful genius.

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In line with the growing interest in Wolfe (the novels reissued by Sun Dial and Modern Library, the Viking Portable, in the last two years) comes this handsome new edition illustrated with 100 pen and ink spots and 12 full page pictures done by Douglas Corsline.

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Thomas Wolfe shows his readers the magic in everyday life.

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