Looking Homeward: A Thomas Wolfe Photo Album

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University of Missouri Press, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 200 pages

American novelist Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938) led a short but turbulent life. His writing was almost purely autobiographical, poignantly capturing his experiences and pursuits. Wolfe had a gift for illuminating his life so that the reader could almost visualize his painful youth and tumultuous manhood. Now, for the first time, in Looking Homeward, Morton Teicher lets us see all of the real-life people and places behind the fiction of Thomas Wolfe in a collection of 245 snapshots that chronicle this great writer's life in a way that mere words cannot.

Wolfe's family and friends took a remarkable number of photographs, and Teicher has spent decades collecting these images. With photos ranging from W.O. Wolfe, Thomas's strong-willed father, to Aline Bernstein, the older, married womand Wolfe desperately loved, from Wolfe's hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, to the hospital where he died, Teicher has compiled a comprehensive photographic history of Thomas Wolfe. Childhood photographs and snapshots of siblings, friends, teachers, and editors are shown, as well as Wolfe's many vacation photos. Looking Homeward is complete with images of the original dust jackets for Wolfe's books and a section on artistic renderings of Wolfe.

With captions and an introduction that indicate the parallels between the life and the fiction, as well as a chronology, this book will be pure pleasure for any Wolfe fan and an important resource for students of literature. Teicher has provided an engrossing sequence of looks at one of America's great novelists.

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Contents

108
12
Childhood and Youth 19061915
40
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 19161920
62
Harvard University 19201923
79
First Years in New York First Trip to Europe 19231924
84
Writing Look Homeward Angel New York and Europe 19251928
91
Publication of Look Homeward Angel 19281929
101
Further Travels Writing Of Time and the River 19301935
108
Return to Asheville 1937
130
Last Months in New York September 1937May 1938
140
Last Trip to the West MaySeptember 1938
144
Death
151
144
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Posthumous Publications 167 19 A Portfolio of Portraits 171 183 Chronology Selected Bibliography 191 viii Contents Index 195
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First Trip West and Last Trip to Europe 19351936
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Morton I. Teicher is Dean Emeritus, School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He helped organize the Thomas Wolfe Society in 1980 and has served as board member, Vice-President, and President. Teicher is author or editor of several other books.

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