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For seventy years Wolfe scholars have speculated about the merits of the unpublished complete work and about the editorial process—particularly the reputed collaboration of Perkins. In order to present this classic novel in its original form as written by Wolfe, the text has been established by Arlyn and Matthew J. Bruccoli from the carbon copy of the typescript and from Wolfe’s pencil manuscript. In addition to restoring passages omitted from Look Homeward, Angel, the editors have corrected errors introduced by the typist and other mistakes in the original text and have explicated problematic readings. An introduction and appendixes—including textual, bibliographical, and explanatory notes—reconstruct Wolfe’s process of creation and place it in the context of the publishing process.
Posted October 12, 2000