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Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe

Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe

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Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe is a 662-page hardcover published first in 1929.  This copy published in 1952 by Charles Scribner's Sons.  The dust jacket has surface wear and tearing.  Inside, there is some discoloration to the outside page edges but not inside the book.

Book Summary

Thomas Clayton Wolfe was born in Asheville, North Carolina on October 3, 1900. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1920; thereafter he attended Harvard and took an MA there. He was at the time hopeful to become a playwright. For bread and butter, he taught English at New York University, breaking up his teaching activities with two trips to Europe. During the second of these Journeys, he began his first book.

There is little point in attempting to sketch out a biography of Wolfe, for few novelists have been more autobiographical. The stuff of his fiction is himself, his whole interior and exterior being put down on paper with a flow and vitality that are amazing. The story of how Look Homeward, Angel 1929 came to be published will be found in the introduction of this volume, told by the man who knew it better than any other, the late Maxwell Perkins. Look Homeward, Angel was so great a success that Wolfe was encouraged to give up his teaching work and give his time wholly to his writing.

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