Look Homeward, Angel

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 10, 2006 - Fiction - 512 pages
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The stunning, classic coming-of-age novel written by one of America's foremost Southern writers

A legendary author on par with William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Wolfe published Look Homeward, Angel, his first novel, about a young man's burning desire to leave his small town and tumultuous family in search of a better life, in 1929. It gave the world proof of his genius and launched a powerful legacy.

The novel follows the trajectory of Eugene Gant, a brilliant and restless young man whose wanderlust and passion shape his adolescent years in rural North Carolina. Wolfe said that Look Homeward, Angel is "a book made out of my life," and his largely autobiographical story about the quest for a greater intellectual life has resonated with and influenced generations of readers, including some of today's most important novelists. Rich with lyrical prose and vivid characterizations, this twentieth-century American classic will capture the hearts and imaginations of every reader.
 

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User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

A long masterpiece which I am glad I have now read be cannot enthusiastically recommend to others. Thomas Wolfe is clearly a master at narration and description and likely a great writer overall, but ... Read full review

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User Review  - Schmerguls - LibraryThing

Started reading this book on June 2, 1948, on which date I said: "It is smashy and heavy." On June 3 I said: "Look Homeward, Angelis realistic, but more than realistic in its orgy of introspection ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
18
Section 4
28
Section 5
50
Section 6
66
Section 7
103
Section 8
114
Section 16
229
Section 17
249
Section 18
258
Section 19
301
Section 20
319
Section 21
348
Section 22
373
Section 23
391

Section 9
125
Section 10
135
Section 11
156
Section 12
167
Section 13
177
Section 14
193
Section 15
213
Section 24
437
Section 25
454
Section 26
466
Section 27
475
Section 28
501
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About the author (2006)

Thomas Wolfe was born in Asheville, North Carolina, and educated at the University of North Carolina and Harvard University. He taught English at New York University and traveled extensively in Europe and America. Wolfe created his indelible legacy as a classic American novelist with works including Of Time and the River; A Stone, a Leaf, a Door; and From Death to Morning. He died in 1938.

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