Thomas Wolfe Review

Articles from Vol. 33, Annual

Adventures in Chicago: A Visit to the 1933 World's Fair with Julia Wolfe
Not long after his high school graduation in New Albany, Indiana, nineteen-year-old R. Dietz Wolfe was treated to a trip to the Chicago World's Fair by his uncle Thomas Wolfe. He traveled to and toured the fair with his grandmother Julia...
Affronts
Joseph A. Gillan, a former member of the Thomas Wolfe Society, has self-published a book titled Just Before the Dawn (Likaje: 2008) in which the protagonist--named Thomas--appears to greatly admire Wolfe and Aldo Magi, but not the Society. Gillan writes...
A Note from the Editor
The well-known photograph on the cover of this issue of the Thomas Wolfe Review shows a confident writer poised on the steps of a streetcar in mid-1930s Berlin. In addition to locating Wolfe in Germany, the picture records a threshold moment, capturing...
Asheville
Elsewhere, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial does get good press. In her article "Mountain Town: Laid-Back Asheville Brings a Sophisticated, Arty Flair to North Carolina's Wild West" for the May-June 2009 edition of the magazine Endless Vacation, Carrie Levine...
Believe It or Not
Robert L. Ripley always left it up to viewers and readers to decide if anything in his collection of oddities and unusual coincidences was actually true. David Strange, who provides the following three items for "Notes," also allows readers to decide...
Beyond Myth and Memory: Ghostwriting Wolfe
"If the wolf understands the sheep, he'll die of hunger." --Henri Michaux (1) My father, Thomas Wolfe's posthumous editor, has been called many things: cold, forbidding, fulsome, pompous, presumptuous, perverse. Author William Styron did an anagram...
Beyond the Lost Generation: The Death of Egotism in You Can't Go Home Again
In a 1938 letter to Margaret Roberts, Thomas Wolfe meditated upon his growing social consciousness and the concomitant changes it brought to his view of himself as a man and artist. "Like you," he wrote his former teacher, "I have become in the last...
Bibliography
"Bibliography" is a list of published works that focus on Thomas Wolfe. Some of the entries include a brief annotation. An asterisk (*) indicates an item that appeared before the previous issue of the Thomas Wolfe Review but that became known to us...
Books and Journals, 2009: The Year of the Wolfe
In addition to the HarperCollins publication of the first three sections (chapters 1-16) of The Web and the Rock as The Web and the Root--with an introduction by TWS member John L. Idol Jr.--2009 saw the publication of at least five full chapters focusing...
Broadcast Bits
The writers of the critically praised and highly rated series Battlestar Gallactica on SyFy (which was then known as the Sci Fi Channel) are evidently Wolfe readers. They titled one of the early episodes "You Can't Go Home Again" and then slipped a...
Epistolary Excerpts
William Styron's Letters to My Father, edited by James L. W. West (Louisiana State University Press, 2009) is a must-read and a valuable addition to the Southern Literary Studies series (edited by UNC professor and TWS member Fred Hobson). In a letter...
Events and Exhibitions
Douglas Gorsline Drawings Exhibition and Reception. The University of North Carolina's Center for the Study of the American South hosted an exhibition of more than fifty of Douglas Gorsline's drawings from the Scribner's illustrated edition of Thomas...
FDR
Wolfe comes in for mention in chapter 7, "A Summer of Dust and Weeds," in Kenneth S. Davis's FDR: Into the Storm 1937-1940 (Random House, 1993). Davis writes about the president's return to his Hudson River estate for a vacation in 1938: And because...
Going and Gone
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...
"He Was a Friend of Mine": A Personal Tribute to Ted Mitchell
The great pageantry of pain and pride and death hung through the dusk its awful vision, touching his sorrow with a lonely joy. He had lost; but all pilgrimage across the world was loss: a moment of cleaving, a moment of taking away, the thousand phantom...
In Memoriam
Dr. Leland Ross Cooper, a long-time member of the Thomas Wolfe Society, died 13 September 2008 at his home in Creston, North Carolina. He was 82. Born in Greenville, South Carolina, Cooper was a 1950 graduate of Clemson and held a master's degree from...
Internet Items
Inspired by a letter-to-the-editor of the New York Times titled "Get a Life" from TWS member Christopher Bruno (26 April 2009), Times blogger Steve Coates posted on Paper Cuts for 1 May 2009 a well-written and insightful entry titled "Wolfe's 'Angel'...
John L. Idol's Work on and Introduction to the the Web and the Root for HarperCollins and His Analysis of "Death the Proud Brother" for the South Carolina Review (See "Notes," Page 170) Were Not His Only Contributions to Wolfe Studies in 2009
John L. Idol's work on and introduction to the The Web and the Root for HarperCollins and his analysis of "Death the Proud Brother" for the South Carolina Review (see "Notes," page 170) were not his only contributions to Wolfe studies in 2009. He also...
Look Outward, Thomas: Social Criticism as Unifying Element in You Can't Go Home Again
Thomas Wolfe's You Can't Go Home Again (1940) has often been maligned for its supposed lack of form, a detraction that has compromised evaluations of the work and its aesthetic merits. Richard S. Kennedy posits that though "all Wolfe's books since...
Memories of Ted Mitchell
(This is an edited version of a tribute read at the 11 December 2008 memorial service at Deerfield's St. Giles Chapel, Asheville.) Ted Mitchell could drive me wild. Over the decades, I experienced such sour grapes because of him that I could stock...
Other Book Mentions
We've previously noted Wolfe's mention in E. B. White's essay "An Approach to Style" in The Elements of Style by Strunk and White (TWR, 23.2 [1999]: 43). In Stylized: A Slightly Obsessive History of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style (Simon and...
Passage to Normandy: Voyages of the SS Thomas Wolfe
On 12 April 1944 the weather observatory at Belvedere Castle in Central Park reported a mean temperature of 47.5, with no rain. On this agreeable early spring day, 71 ships of Convoy HX 287 left New York Harbor headed for British ports of call. Of...
Print Pieces
Ninety-year-old Robert Satter, a trial judge referee sitting in the Hartford Superior Court wrote an article for the Hartford Courant on 9 August 2009 titled "Turning 90, with My Life in Front of Me," Of bypass surgery he writes: "that experience left...
Stories and Novels and Plays
Ray Bradbury, who brought Wolfe back to life in his 1950 science fiction story "Forever and the Earth," is still writing stories at the age of eighty-nine. His most recent collection, We'll Always Have Paris (William Morrow, 2009), includes two stories...
Ted Mitchell: In Memoriam
Introduction On 6 December 2008 the citizens of Asheville and the worldwide Thomas Wolfe community were shocked to learn of the death of Ted Mitchell from inoperable cancer. A few close friends had known of his illness and had come to be with him...
The Journey Down
One of the great disappointments of Aline Bernstein's life was that she was not able to see her lover Thomas Wolfe at Johns Hopkins Hospital before he died. As Wolfe lay on his deathbed, she asked Maxwell Perkins, Wolfe's first editor, if she should...
The Last Wolverine
George C. Stoney was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1916. The house in which he was raised sat in the shadow of Old Salem, and surely some of the Moravians' philosophy of life influenced this gentle man. Perhaps his Irish heritage (his father,...
The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Howard Carter of Chapel Hill won the 2009 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize from the North Carolina Writers' Network for "Mr. Mason's Request." Final judge for the competition, Shannon Ravenel, said of Carter's story: "Based on a brilliant premise, this story...
The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship
The Creative Writing Program and the Department of English of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are pleased to announce the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship, which offers full four-year financial support to one incoming freshman per year, in...
The Thomas Wolfe Society
History: Following a suggestion from Professor Duane Schneider (Ohio University), scholars, librarians, collectors, and admirers of Thomas Wolfe began working in 1978 to form the Thomas Wolfe Society. Efforts continued during the spring and summer...
Thomas Wolfe and Germany: Modernism and Anti-Anti-Semitism in "Dark in the Forest, Strange as Time" and "I Have a Thing to Tell You"
In memoriam Lawrence D. Stokes Thomas Wolfe's interest in Germany was rooted in fairy tales, an early admiration of Goethe, and his father's Pennsylvania Dutch descent. It kept growing during his European trips, all of which but the first in 1924-25...
Thomas Wolfe and Norman Mailer: Kinsmen of the Land
Norman Mailer, the legendary American novelist who died in November 2007, was part of that generation of ambitious writers who came of age in the postwar era, a time when the literary culture was heavily influenced by the towering legacy of Thomas...
Thomas Wolfe's 1918 Flu Story: The Death of Ben in the Context of Other Literary Narratives of the Pandemic
... they looked now upon his gray deserted shell with a thrill of awful recognition, as one who remembers a forgotten and enchanted word, or as men who look upon a corpse and see for the first time a departed god. --Look Homeward, Angel The 1918...
Thomas Wolfe: Say It with Music-Continuum (2009)
Brooke Joyce(1973- ) a stone, a leaf, an unfound door (for SATB [soprano, alto, tenor, bass], choir, unaccompanied) Text from the proem to Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe. Performance time: 12 minutes. Born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan,...
Thomas Wolfe Society News
Thomas Wolfe Society Officers, 2009-2011 President David Radavich, Charlotte, North Carolina (radavich@earthlink.net) Vice President Paula G. Eckard, UNC-Charlotte (pgeckard@uncc.ed) Treasurer Bob Powell, Birmingham, Michigan (bob.r.powell@gm.com)...
Tribute to Ted Mitchell
(This is an edited version of a tribute read at the 11 December 2008 memorial service at Deerfield's St. Giles Chapel, Asheville.) I've struggled over the past few days trying to locate an appropriate quotation from the works of Thomas Wolfe--something...
Warner Brothers and Other Corporate Entities Seem to Have Trademarked Every Word and Name Popularized by J. K. Rowling in Her Harry Potter Series, Including Hogwarts
Warner Brothers and other corporate entities seem to have trademarked every word and name popularized by J. K. Rowling in her Harry Potter series, including Hogwarts. The trademark symbol has been used with that word in legal text and some advertising...
You Can't Go Home Again: Does Nazism Really Transform Wolfe's Romanticism?
Perhaps no southern writer was influenced as deeply as Thomas Wolfe by the rise of Nazi Germany," Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr. contends in The Fourth Ghost: White Southern Writers and European Fascism, 1930-1950 (2009). Wolfe's passionate attachment to...
You Can't Look Homeward
James E. Casto began his report in the summer 2009 issue of Marshall Magazine (a publication of Marshall University) on Huntington, West (by God) Virginia native Brent Marsteller's return from Florida to become CEO of Cabell Huntington Hospital: "'You...
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