Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

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Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

Also on the Market

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Currently offered by Yesterday's Gallery & Babylon Revisited Rare Books (East Woodstock, Connecticut) for $200 is an "Early Edition" of The Web and the Rock inscribed by Henry H. Harris, who was the model for George Graves in Look Homeward, Angel (see Joanne Marshall Mauldin, The People and Places of Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel [2002]). Harris doesn't mention George Graves in his inscription, instead focusing on a character in The Web and the Rock. He makes the unsubstantiated claim that "The character Nebraska Crane is a composite of Max Israel and Henry H. Harris."

A first printing of Of Time and the River offered for $4,500 by James Cummins Bookseller (New York City) features Wolfe's inscription to Hazel Adams. Wolfe notes the place and time of the inscription as "Hollywood, Sept. 3, 1935."

Throughout the second half of 2012, an Ebay seller listed a signed letter from Wolfe to Hollywood producer Robert F. Sisk, thanking him for sending a print of John Ford's The Informer (RKO, 1935), which was screened privately for Wolfe and some friends. Typed on Wolfe's letterhead and sent from New York on 4 May 1936, the letter was priced at $2,950. The seller provided a transcription:

   Dear Mr. … 
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