Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe

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It is Wolfe's first novel, and is considered a highly autobiographical American Bildungsroman. The character of Eugene Gant is generally believed to be a depiction of Wolfe himself. The novel covers the span of time from Gant's birth to the age of 19. The setting is the fictional town and state of Altamont, Catawba, which is considered to be a not-so-subtle mirror of his hometown, Asheville, North Carolina.

- 1929

The 423rd greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 5th on For The Love of Books (For The Love of Books)
  2. - 8th on The Celebrity Reading List (Gardiner Public Library)
  3. - 15th on The Best Southern Novels of All Time (Oxford American)
  4. - 76th on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  5. - 95th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)
  6. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)
  7. - Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography (Pulitzer Prize)

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