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Thomas Wolfe (1900–1938)

Autor(a) de Look Homeward, Angel

146+ Works 8,154 Membros 125 Reviews 36 Favorited

About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos
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)


Obras de Thomas Wolfe

Look Homeward, Angel (1929) 3,555 cópias
You Can't Go Home Again (1934) 1,748 cópias
Of Time and the River (1935) 642 cópias
The Web and the Rock (1937) 491 cópias
The Hills Beyond (1941) 244 cópias
From Death to Morning (1935) — Autor — 149 cópias
The Lost Boy: A Novella (1937) — Autor — 145 cópias
The Face of a Nation (1939) 51 cópias
The Story of a Novel (1936) 47 cópias
The Thomas Wolfe Reader (1962) 38 cópias
The Party at Jack's (1995) 31 cópias
The Portable Thomas Wolfe (1946) 29 cópias
The Letters of Thomas Wolfe (1956) 29 cópias
The Good Child's River (1991) 26 cópias
Short Stories (1947) 20 cópias
The Starwick Episodes (1994) 17 cópias
Mannerhouse (1948) 13 cópias
Welcome to Our City (1983) 11 cópias
Thomas Wolfe's Civil War (2004) 10 cópias
No Door (2012) 8 cópias
Letters 8 cópias
Especulación (2013) 7 cópias
La mirada del ángel (2022) 7 cópias
Hermana muerte (2014) 7 cópias
CUENTOS (2020) 6 cópias
Notebooks of Thomas Wolfe (1970) 5 cópias
The story of a novel (2017) 5 cópias
Tengo algo que deciros (1964) 5 cópias
The Medical Students (2000) 4 cópias
Gewebe und Fels 3 cópias
Stories by Thomas Wolfe (1944) 3 cópias
Anteus or a Memory of earth (1996) 3 cópias
Von Zeit und Strom (2018) 3 cópias
Return (1976) 3 cópias
Sämtliche Erzählungen (1967) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Wolfe, Thomas (1957) 3 cópias
Der verlorene Knabe Erzählungen — Autor — 3 cópias
Circus at Dawn (1935) 3 cópias
La red y la roca (2022) 2 cópias
L'Histoire d'un roman (2016) 2 cópias
K-19: SALVAGED PIECES (1983) 2 cópias
Mountains: Two Plays (1970) 2 cópias
Death the proud brother (1964) 2 cópias
Willkommen in Altamont! / Herrenhaus (1962) — Autor — 2 cópias
The Scribner Library 1 exemplar(es)
Chickamauga 1 exemplar(es)
Tres relatos 1 exemplar(es)
Nézz vissza, angyal 1 exemplar(es)
The Whore 1 exemplar(es)
O času in reki 1 exemplar(es)
Il ritorno e altre prose 1 exemplar(es)
No puedes volver a casa (2023) 1 exemplar(es)
Selections (1952) 1 exemplar(es)
The Wed And The Rock 1 exemplar(es)
Mannerhouse 1 exemplar(es)
The Far and The Near 1 exemplar(es)
Nie ma powrotu 1 exemplar(es)
O trem e a cidade 1 exemplar(es)
O času in reki I, II 1 exemplar(es)
Complete Works Of Thomas Wolfe (2016) 1 exemplar(es)
El ángel que nos mira (1901) 1 exemplar(es)
Gentlemen of the Press 1 exemplar(es)
The Death of Gant 1 exemplar(es)
Del tiempo y el río 1 exemplar(es)
The Streets of Durham. (1982) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

50 Great Short Stories (1952) — Contribuinte — 1,258 cópias
The Crack-Up (1945) — Contribuinte — 918 cópias
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Contribuinte — 393 cópias
Baseball: A Literary Anthology (2002) — Contribuinte — 337 cópias
A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Contribuinte — 292 cópias
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Contribuinte — 281 cópias
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (1953) — Contribuinte — 139 cópias
The Saturday Evening Post Treasury (1954) — Contribuinte — 136 cópias
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contribuinte — 98 cópias
A Treasury of Civil War Stories (1985) — Contribuinte — 77 cópias
Rotten English: A Literary Anthology (2007) — Contribuinte — 75 cópias
Bedside Book of Famous American Stories (1936) — Contribuinte — 72 cópias
Brooklyn Noir 2: The Classics (2005) — Contribuinte — 70 cópias
New York (1980) — Contribuinte — 60 cópias
Reading for Pleasure (1957) — Contribuinte — 51 cópias
A Quarto of Modern Literature (1935) — Contribuinte — 40 cópias
Food Tales: A Literary Menu of Mouthwatering Masterpieces (1992) — Contribuinte — 38 cópias
New Masses; An Anthology of the Rebel Thirties, (1969) — Contribuinte — 38 cópias
Fifty Best American Short Stories 1915-1965 (1965) — Contribuinte — 36 cópias
50 Best American Short Stories 1915-1939 (1939) — Contribuinte — 28 cópias
Vogue's First Reader (1942) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
The Seas of God: Great Stories of the Human Spirit (1944) — Contribuinte — 25 cópias
Tell Me a Story: An Anthology (1957) — Contribuinte — 23 cópias
A Good Man: Fathers and Sons in Poetry and Prose (1993) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
Confederate Battle Stories (Civil War Series) (1992) — Contribuinte — 19 cópias
A Southern Appalachian Reader (1988) — Contribuinte — 14 cópias
Law in Action: An Anthology of the Law in Literature (1947) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Great Tales of City Dwellers (1955) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Writer to Writer: Readings on the Craft of Writing (1966) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Time to Be Young: Great Stories of the Growing Years (1945) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Our lives : American labor stories — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Tredive mesterfortællinger — Autor, algumas edições3 cópias
O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1935 — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
The Undying Past (1961) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Great Railroad Stories of the World — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Strange Barriers (1955) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Enjoying Stories (1987) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Modern American short stories (1963) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Carolina Folk-Plays, Second Series (1924)algumas edições1 exemplar(es)
O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1934 (1934) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Kerouac Quarterly, V. 2, No. 1 — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum



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.
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Ed_Schneider | outras 49 resenhas | 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.
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Ed_Schneider | outras 28 resenhas | 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.… (mais)
estragon73 | outras 49 resenhas | 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.
jumblejim | Aug 26, 2023 |



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