Wolfe, Thomas

Wolfe, Thomas (Clayton)

(1900–38) writer, playwright; born in Ashville, N.C. Son of a stonecutter, he studied at the University of North Carolina (B.A. 1920), and Harvard (M.A. 1922; graduate study 1923). He taught intermittently at New York University (1924–30), and lived in Brooklyn, N.Y. He traveled in Europe several times, began his career writing plays, but turned to writing novels during his turbulent affair with an older woman who was married and a mother. His novels were fictionalized biographies, and his writing habits, influenced by excessive drinking, were haphazard and undisciplined. His early work, Look Homeward, Angel: A Story of the Buried Life (1929), benefited from extensive editing by Maxwell Perkins at Scribner's. That novel and Of Time and the River: A Legend of Man's Hunger in His Youth (1935), The Web and the Rock (1939), and You Can't Go Home Again (1940) (the latter two published posthumously after being heavily edited by Edward C. Aswell) continue to engage modern readers with their mythical portrait of Wolfe as a young writer. He died of tuberculosis of the brain.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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Wolfe, Thomas. The Autobiographical Outline for Look Homeward, Angel.
Wolfe, Thomas. Look Homeward, Angel: A Story of the Buried Life.
Les dedicated his final book on Wolfe, Thomas Wolfe and His Editors, to Joyce, and in his preface he writes that his debt to her "goes far beyond possible payment for an inexpensive edition of Look Homeward, Angel.
Wolfe, Thomas. "The Far and the Near." From Death to Morning, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935, pp.
The example provided is "Look Homeward, Angel was not the working title of Wolfe's manuscript." Wolfe and Look Homeward, Angel are also featured in rule 16.50, "Indexing authored titles of works." Two sample index entries are provided--one for "Look Homeward, Angel (Wolfe)" and the other for "Wolfe, Thomas," the latter with multiple subentries.
Wolfe, Thomas. "The Child by Tiger." Saturday Evening Post 11 Sept.
Wolfe, Thomas. "The Hills Beyond." The Hills Beyond.
Wolfe, Thomas: Look Homeward, Angel: A Story of the Buried Life.
Wolfe, Thomas. "The Bums at Sunset." Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair.