Thomas Clayton Wolfe

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Wolfe, Thomas Clayton


Born Oct. 3, 1900, in Asheville; died Sept. 15, 1938, in Baltimore. American writer. Son of a stonecutter.

Wolfe graduated from the University of North Carolina. His novels Look Homeward, Angel (1929), Of Time and the River (1935), and the posthumously published The Web and the Rock (1939) and You Can’t Go Home Again (1940) depict the hero’s conflict with the world of petit bourgeois stagnation and mercantilism. Following the democratic tradition of W. Whitman, Wolfe celebrated the America of those who toil and create. Lyric saturation and epic breadth distinguish Wolfe’s collections of novellas (From Death to Morning, 1935, and The Hills Beyond, 1941).


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