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Look homeward :a life of Thomas Wolfe

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Awards

Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Thomas Wolfe, one of the giants of twentieth-century American fiction, is also one of the most misunderstood of our major novelists. A man massive in his size, his passions, and his gifts, Wolfe has long been considered something of an unconscious genius, whose undisciplined flow of prose was shaped into novels by his editor, the celebrated Maxwell Perkins.

In this definitive and compelling biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Herbert Donald dismantles that myth and demonstrates that Wolfe was a boldly aware experimental artist who, like James Joyce, William Faulkner, and John Dos Passos, deliberately pushed at the boundaries of the modern novel.

Donald takes a new measure of this complex, tormented man as he reveals Wolfe's difficult childhood, when he was buffeted between an alcoholic father and a resentful mother; his "magical" years at the University of North Carolina, where his writing talent first flourished; his rise to literary fame after repeated rejection; and the full story of Wolfe's passionate affair with Aline Bernstein, including their intimate letters.

Review:

"A comprehensive and absorbing book that both underlines the correspondences between Wolfe's fiction and his life and illuminates the psychological underpinning of his art." The New York Times

Review:

"More fully than any other previous biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Donald traces the life and career of the much misunderstood Thomas Wolfe....Donald is likely to win another major prize for this biography." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"An eloquently told story and an extraordinary achievement." The Boston Globe

Review:

"Supersedes all previous Wolfe biographies in illuminating detail, in empathy for its complex unhappy subject, in sympathy for what he wanted to do, and what he did, as a writer, and in its own literary distinction....A work of great subtlety and sophistication." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Definitive....[A] clear-eyed picture of the great author that does him a kind of justice rarely given to any biographical subject." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Easily the best biography of an American novelist." Gore Vidal

Description:

Includes bibliographical references.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780449902868
Subtitle:
(a life of Thomas Wolfe )
Author:
Donald, David Herber
Publisher:
Fawcett Columbine
Location:
New York:
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Ballantine books ed.
Series Volume:
78-284
Publication Date:
1988
Binding:
Trade Paper
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
xxv, 577 p., 32 p. of pla

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Product details xxv, 577 p., 32 p. of pla pages Fawcett Columbine ,1988, c1987. - English 9780449902868 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A comprehensive and absorbing book that both underlines the correspondences between Wolfe's fiction and his life and illuminates the psychological underpinning of his art."
"Review" by , "More fully than any other previous biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Donald traces the life and career of the much misunderstood Thomas Wolfe....Donald is likely to win another major prize for this biography."
"Review" by , "An eloquently told story and an extraordinary achievement."
"Review" by , "Supersedes all previous Wolfe biographies in illuminating detail, in empathy for its complex unhappy subject, in sympathy for what he wanted to do, and what he did, as a writer, and in its own literary distinction....A work of great subtlety and sophistication."
"Review" by , "Definitive....[A] clear-eyed picture of the great author that does him a kind of justice rarely given to any biographical subject."
"Review" by , "Easily the best biography of an American novelist."
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