The Autobiographical Outline for Look Homeward, Angel

The Autobiographical Outline for Look Homeward, Angel

by Thomas Wolfe
     
 
Readers of Thomas Wolfe's Autobiographical Outline will better understand how his first and most widely read novel, Look Homeward, Angel, came into being. Superbly edited and annotated by Lucy Conniff and Richard S. Kennedy, this vibrant document records a young writer's determination to forge art from the details of his life, providing an unparalleled view of a

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Readers of Thomas Wolfe's Autobiographical Outline will better understand how his first and most widely read novel, Look Homeward, Angel, came into being. Superbly edited and annotated by Lucy Conniff and Richard S. Kennedy, this vibrant document records a young writer's determination to forge art from the details of his life, providing an unparalleled view of a novelist's mind at work. "Everything I write is immensely flavored with me," Wolfe stated. "The look about me will be transmuted and recreated in writing." Reflected here are Wolfe's sprawling talent and his fascination with psychoanalysis. He begins with his conception and birth and goes on to describe first impressions of home, his growing acquaintance with language, school experiences, his sometimes explosive father and neglectful mother, his college years, and finally graduate study of the Romantic poets and playwriting. He makes a climatic discovery about his creative life as he notes the Harvard years, locating the principal theme for his novel and the symbol to express it -- "the unfound door." Conniff and Kennedy have assembled an exceptional work that allows readers to observe how random jottings evolved into the story of Eugene Gant growing up in Altamont, North Carolina, at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807129418
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Series:
Southern Literary Studies
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Lucy Conniff completed her transcription of Thomas Wolfe's autobiographical outline while a college student at the University of Chicago. She lives in New York City.

Richard S. Kennedy (1920—2003) was a professor emeritus of English at Temple University, the biographer of Thomas Wolfe and E. E. Cummings, and the author or editor of numerous other literary works, including Welcome to Our City and The Starwick Episodes, by Thomas Wolfe.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
October 3, 1900
Date of Death:
September 15, 1938
Place of Birth:
Asheville, North Carolina
Place of Death:
Baltimore, Maryland
Education:
B.A., University of North Carolina, 1920; M.A., Harvard University, 1922; further graduate study, 1923

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