The Lost Boy by Thomas Wolfe
A Novella

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Thomas Wolfe's The Lost Boy is a captivating and poignant retelling of an episode from Wolfe's childhood. The story of Wolfe's brother Grover and his trip to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair is told from four perspectives, each articulating the sentiments of a different family member. The Lost Boy also captures beautifully the experiences of growing up at the turn of the century and the exhilaration and loss of childhood. For this illustrated edition, James Clark unearthed Wolfe's original manuscript, which was first published in the 1930s in a heavily abridged form.
 

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James Clark teaches English at North Carolina State University. The author works as a deck hand on a San Francisco Bay Ferry.
 
Published January 1, 1992 by The University of North Carolina Press. 95 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At least that’s the standard version—now challenged by the Bruccolis, who have “established” this “new” text (published to commemorate Wolfe’s centenary) and restored 60,00 words Perkins cut from the original manuscript.

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A year before his own premature death in 1938, Wolfe wrote this slender and evocative novella about the long-ago and sudden death by typhoid of his older brother Grover, an event that took place in 1904, when Grover was 12 and Wolfe only four.

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Next, Grover's younger brother (the Wolfe character), fully grown, visits his childhood home.

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