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A Week in Literary History

October 3rd, 2002

American novelist Thomas Wolfe (Look Homeward, Angel, 1929) is born in 1900 in Asheville, N.C. On his birthday years later he will write: “I am 33 years old and have nothing left, but I can begin again.” He will die at 37.

Thomas Wolfe, b. October 3, 1900, d. 1938

Wolfe was hailed from the beginning of his career for the poetry of his prose, but he was also assailed for his novels’ sprawl. It was often said that his editor Maxwell Perkins at Scribner’s was as responsible for Wolfe’s fame as the author himself. Robert Penn Warren thought that Wolfe created brilliant fragments from which “several fine novels might be written.” Wolfe’s early death from tuberculosis of the brain left a question mark at his career’s end.

Suggested Reading Novels Look Homeward, Angel, 1929. Of Time and the River, 1936. The Web and the Rock, 1939. You Can’t Go Home Again, 1940.

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