Chapter 22. Thomas Wolfe

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Anne Ricketson Zahlan Professor Emerita former president

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch22

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Zahlan, A. R. (2009) Thomas Wolfe, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch22

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. Eastern Illinois University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • Thomas Clayton Wolfe, 1900–1938 - “Great American Novel”;
  • American South - society shaped by myth-making and storytelling;
  • Look Homeward, Angel - A Story of the Buried Life, an autobiographical protagonist;
  • Wolfe's second novel, Of Time and the River (1935) - about Eugene Gant's education;
  • Of Time and the River's Book IV - story of what happens to a young man from Old Catawba;
  • Wolfe's Eugene Gant coming to terms with the city – with his own ambitions of getting away;
  • The Web and the Rock and You Can't Go Home Again;
  • The Web and the Rock - introducing a new protagonist;
  • Wolfe's core narratives of “Penelope's Web” as “The Good Child's River”;
  • Wolfe's life work - song of America, a continual celebration of land and people coexisting

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading