Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

Thomas Wolfe Society News

Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

Thomas Wolfe Society News

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Thomas Wolfe Society Officers, 2005-2007 President Rob Ensign, Westbrook, Maine (

Vice President Shawn Holliday, Winchester, Kentucky (

Treasurer Bob Powell, Birmingham, Michigan (

Secretary Martha Morgan, North Wilkesboro, NC (

Thomas Wolfe Society Meeting (May 26-27, 2006; University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill): Society members returned to Chapel Hill in May 2006 for the seventh time. Local arrangements were handled by Nicholas Graham, with Shawn Holliday serving as program chair. Sessions were conducted at Wilson Library on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, and walking tours of the UNC campus were offered on Saturday afternoon.

Following welcoming remarks by Rob Ensign and Shawn Holliday, and the prologue reading by Steven B. Rogers, the first session began when moderator Anne R. Zahlan introduced the day's first speaker, Deborah A. Borland, and her paper, "Of Time, Wolfe, and the Westalls: What O Lost Has to Tell Us." The next presenter was George Hovis, whose paper was titled "In Praise of 'Forward-Looking': Thomas Wolfe's Rejection of Pastoral in 'The Hills Beyond.'" Concluding the session was David A. Davis, with his paper, "'El-dorado to the North': Thomas Wolfe, World War I, and the Southern Economy."

After the business meeting, Jackie Dean moderated Session 2, with papers by Joseph Bentz ("Why Thomas Wolfe Is a 'Crate' American Novelist"); Suzanne Stutman ("And Be Home: The Quest of the Children in the Works of Thomas Wolfe")--read by John L. Idol Jr.; and Scott Dill ("W. O. Gant and the Restraint of Laughter").

Most Society members in attendance then made their way to the Horace Williams House for a reception.

Saturday's first session, moderated by Shawn Holliday, featured an intriguingly titled paper by Alice R. Cotten: "'That Mother-Spoiled Glut of Oily Fat': John Skally Terry in Thomas Wolfe's Life and Work. …

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