Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe

Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe

by David Herbert Donald

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Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe by David Herbert Donald

Thomas Wolfe, one of the giants of twentieth-century American fiction, is also one of the most misunderstood of our major novelists. A man massive in his size, his passions, and his gifts, Wolfe has long been considered something of an unconscious genius, whose undisciplined flow of prose was shaped into novels by his editor, the celebrated Maxwell Perkins.

In this definitive and compelling biography, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David Herbert Donald dismantles that myth and demonstrates that Wolfe was a boldly aware experimental artist who, like James Joyce, William Faulkner, and John Dos Passos, deliberately pushed at the boundaries of the modern novel. Donald takes a new measure of this complex, tormented man as he reveals Wolfe's difficult childhood, when he was buffeted between an alcoholic father and a resentful mother; his "magical" years at the University of North Carolina, where his writing talent first flourished; his rise to literary fame after repeated rejection; and the full story of Wolfe's passionate affair with Aline Bernstein, including their intimate letters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674008694
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 01/30/2003
Edition description: 1ST HARVAR
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 1.33(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

David Herbert Donald was Charles Warren Professor of American History and Professor of American Civilization at Harvard University.


Lincoln, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

October 1, 1920

Place of Birth:

Goodman, Mississippi


Holmes Junior College, Millsaps College, 1941; M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1942, 1946

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