Thomas Wolfe

Thomas Wolfe (1900–1938) was an American novelist of the early 20th century. He is known for his lengthy, sprawling novels and his use of experimental techniques. His most famous works include 'Look Homeward, Angel' and 'Of Time and the River'. Wolfe's writing is highly autobiographical, and he is celebrated for his vivid characterizations and his portrayal of the American experience.


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  1. 1. Look Homeward, Angel

    The novel tells the story of Eugene Gant, a brilliant and restless young man whose passion for a greater intellectual life shapes his adolescent years in rural North Carolina. Eugene's story is a deeply personal reflection of the author's own life, filled with vivid, poetic descriptions of the North Carolina landscape. The narrative explores themes of family, ambition, and the desire for a life beyond the confines of a small town.

  2. 2. Of Time and the River: A Legend of Man's Hunger in His Youth

    The novel is a semi-autobiographical work that follows the story of a young writer, Eugene Gant, as he explores his artistic ambitions and philosophical ideas while struggling with his Southern heritage. In his quest for self-discovery, Eugene travels from his home in North Carolina to Harvard University and then to New York City, before embarking on a voyage to Europe. The narrative is a poignant exploration of youth, time, and the relentless flow of life, highlighting the protagonist's internal and external struggles as he grapples with love, loss, and the relentless passage of time.