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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 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 climactic 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. With their inclusion of an introduction, notes, a bibliography, a chronology of events, and nine rarely seen photos, Conniff a
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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.Review:
"Anybody Interested in American literature will want to embrace this awe-inspiring book. Thomas Wolfe still looms large and this perfectly edited autobiographical outline offers grand nuggets of his soaring prose."
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Book Description LSU Press, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110807129410
Book Description Louisiana State Univ Pr, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. LSU Press Pbk. Original. Seller Inventory # DADAX0807129410