Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

A Note from the Editor

Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

A Note from the Editor

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This issue marks the thirtieth year of the Thomas Wolfe Review, founded as the Thomas Wolfe Newsletter by John S. Phillipson and Aldo P. Magi, and this landmark is not the only current cause for celebration. We note the fiftieth anniversary of Elizabeth Nowell's The Letters of Thomas Wolfe, and we applaud the Wolfe memorial's restoration to a place of honor on the Chapel Hill campus. We welcome also the new paperback edition of Look Homeward, Angel, in the confident hope that it will make Wolfe's first novel accessible to a new generation of readers.

The impressive depth and breadth of contemporary scholarship on Thomas Wolfe is reflected in the contents of this 2006 Review. The issue begins with "'The Story of a Tall Man': Thomas Wolfe and the Problems of Literary Iconography," Shawn Holliday's exploration of Wolfe's precarious position on the margins of the canon. Noting the parallels persistently drawn between the writer's bodily size and the purported excesses of his style, Holliday warns of the power of visual imagery to shape response to a writer and his work. The iconic photograph of Wolfe with his foot planted on a crate overflowing with manuscripts necessarily accompanies both Holliday's essay and Joe Bentz's analysis of Wolfe's "splendid failure" in "Why Thomas Wolfe Is a 'Crate' American Novelist."

Amelie Moisy's "Thomas Wolfe and the Family Romance" traces Freudian patterns of "formative fantasy" in Wolfe's evolving accounts of the relationship of his autobiographical protagonists to their families. In "'The Dark Was Hived with Flesh and Mystery': Thomas Wolfe, the American Adam, and the Polemical Persona of Race," Wiley Cash addresses the doomed innocence of Wolfe's young protagonists. …

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