Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

Going and Gone

Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

Going and Gone

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The handmade scale replica of the Old Kentucky Home that was once in the theme park Ghost Town with others (including a replica of Connemara, the Carl Sandburg home) was offered on Ebay once again in September 2009. The item could be had for less than $300 and brought no offers. The replica is located at a residence in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, and despite extensive deterioration from exposure to the elements, it remains a unique curiosity. If there are any handy Wolfe enthusiasts, we can hook you up with a Wolfean fixer-upper.

Perhaps of more significant interest is information from Sale 2227 ("Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts") at Christie's in New York on 4 December 2009. A first edition of Look Homeward, Angel in first-state dust jacket inscribed for American newspaper columnist George Matthew Adams ("... with thanks because he had bought my books and kept them and valued them--which is the kind of reward for which a writer lives and works. Thomas Wolfe. October 30, 1935.") was sold together with an autograph letter from Wolfe to Madeleine Boyd (18 May 1928) in which he mentions the book and asks for help in publishing, a cancelled check from Wolfe payable to the Hill Top Liquor Store, a typed letter from Elizabeth Nowell to Adams (30 April 1949) regarding Wolfe's letter to Boyd, and an advertising wrapper for the book with a review blurb from Sinclair Lewis. …

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