Thomas Wolfe Review

Articles from Vol. 37, Annual

A Motorcar Runs through It: Imagining the Unwritten Western Book
Address to the Thomas Wolfe Society, Thirty-Fifth Annual Meeting, 25 May 2013, Boise, Idaho. In the last session this morning, David Radavich said, "Ultimately, Thomas Wolfe did not find the home that he was seeking. He remained restless ... [and]...
A Note from the Editor
The old hunger for voyages fed at his heart.... To go alone ... into strange cities; to meet strange people and to pass again before they could know him; to wander, like his own legend, across the earth--it seemed to him there could be no better thing...
Asheville and Around
Artist Connie Bostic is profiled in "Out of Range: The 'Mother of the Asheville Art Scene' Used Isolation to Paint Her Path" by Bridget Conn for the April 2013 issue of Verve (an Asheville magazine on women). In discussing Bostic's lifetime dedication...
A Stone, a Leaf, an Unfound Door
We've previously noted references and allusions to Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel proem, including Stephen King's use of lines from it as an epigraph. But other appearances of the stone, leaf, and unfound door slipped by us unnoticed--until now. See...
"Ave Atque Vale": F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe-And Charles Scribner's Sons
An editor does not add to a book. At best he serves as a handmaiden to an author.... [A]n editor at most releases energy. He creates nothing.... A writer's best work ... comes entirely from himself. "The book belongs to the author." --Maxwell...
A Wolfean Gallimaufry
Andrew Jewell and Janis Stout, editors of The Selected Letters of Willa Cather (Knopf, 2013), include a letter to a "Mr. Phillipson" dated 15 March 1943. He is not further identified in the book, but "Mr. Phillipson" is John S. Phillipson, who was...
Bibliography
"Bibliography" is a list of published works that focus on Thomas Wolfe. Some 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 only recently....
Character Models
As reported in "Notes" in volume 36 of this journal (173-74), a 1916 Christmas greeting from Wolfe written in the form of a Robert Burns poem and sent to Tom Wallis--model for Wolfe's character Tom Davis in Look Homeward, Angel--was put up for sale...
Commemorating Thomas Wolfe and His Pennsylvania Ancestors
Do you see, son? ... Pennsylvania ... Gettysburg... Brant's Mill... the country that I came from is there!... You must go back, son, someday to see the country that your father came from.... Of Time and the River (85-86)1 Outside the walls of...
Evaluations (Pro and Con)
Letters from Janet Flanner (pen name Janet Genet) to Natalia Danesi Murray published in Murray's edited volume, Darlinghissima: Letters to a Friend (Random House, 1985), include one from 3 March 1959 in which she compares William Faulkner to nineteenth-century...
From Bootblack to Wolfe Scholar: Aldo Magi, the Early Years
The dream that brings one from Italy to America is common enough, but the chance that leads from bootblack to Thomas Wolfe is unique and magical. The story began in Gabicce Mare, Italy, at the beginning of the twentieth century. There was no running...
From Gossip to Gospel
Given the story we've recently heard about Wolfe and an artist he met on board the Il de France in March of 1935 (see page 4), it should come as no surprise that some more old gossip popped up in 2013. Sometime in early 1938 Thomas Wolfe and Edward...
From the Blue Ridge to the Rocky Mountains: Thomas Wolfe and the American West
Edited text of an address (via Skype) to the Thomas Wolfe Society, Thirty-Fifth Annual Meeting, 24 May 2013, Abraham Lincoln Auditorium, Idaho State Capitol, Boise. Thomas Wolfe was passionate about many things. He loved to describe the sound of...
Going Home: A Meditation
Address to the Thomas Wolfe Society, Thirty-Fifth Annual Meeting, Final Session, 25 May 2013, Grove Hotel, Boise, Idaho. This essay is a meditation on Thomas Wolfe's famous phrase, "You can't go home again"--the title of his posthumously published...
Gorey Illustrator
Eve Bowen's article "A Treasure Trove of Edward Gorey"--written to highlight "Gorey Preserved," a 2012 exhibit of his work at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library--for a New York Review blog (2 August 2012) begins, While working...
In Memoriam
Kermit E. Duckett, a TWS life member, died 19 June 2013 at his home in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was 77. Dr. Duckett received a BS in physics from Georgia Tech, an MS in physics from the University of Colorado. and a PhD from the University of Tennessee,...
Kauffman's Views
Bill Kauffman's "The Utica Club" (American Conservative, January-February 2013; online 15 February 2013) begins: "Shortly after entering wedded bliss a quarter-century ago, my wife, a Los Angelena, told me that she wanted to see two cities: Utica and...
Louis Rubin, Thomas Wolfe, and the Autobiographical Impulse
Although I hope someone else among the Wolfeans--someone more a Wolfe scholar than I am--will write an essay in the immediate future on Louis Rubin's early book, Thomas Wolfe: The Weather of His Youth (1955), and Rubin's general contribution to Wolfe...
Love at Second Sight: The Successful Rediscovery of Thomas Wolfe in Germany
During his visits in Berlin, Thomas Wolfe used to check in at the Hotel am Zoo on Kurfurstendamm. A well-known photograph shows him just in front of it entering a streetcar in spring 1935. In the background appears the slim spire of the Gedachtniskirche...
Moving Mentions of Wolfe
The 1972 German docudrama Erinnerung an einen sommer in Berlin [Memories of a Summer in Berlin] was released on DVD by Studio Hamburg in 2011 (ARD Video). First broadcast on TV during the week preceding the 1972 Munich Olympics, the program is based...
Newspaper Notes
In an editorial commemoration of Civil Rights leader Julius Chambers, the Charlotte Observer of 6 August 2013 notes: "It is hardly surprising then that in 1999 Chambers was spotlighted as one of the 100 Carolinians of the Century on a list that includes...
Nonfiction Mentions
Pat Conroy, in his memoir The Death of Santini (Doubleday, 2013), recalls a long journey back to the Citadel after the holidays: "During the train trip, I entertained extravagant fantasies of becoming a writer. I pretended I was the young Thomas Wolfe...
Once in a Blue Moon
Monday was always the same for Distinguished Professor Timothy Wallace Gallagher. He pulled into his parking place at Everett Hall at 7:35 a.m. No matter what the weather forecast, he carried an old green umbrella pointed straight ahead like a spear...
Perkins
Amy Tan's search for an editor after the death of Faith Sale is the subject of "The Perfect Editor" by Anna Russell in the Wall Street Journal (1 November 2013). An inset box, "Pen Pals: Behind the Writer," highlights Bob Loomis with Maya Angelou,...
Scholars
Thomas Wolfe's name comes up often in The Letters of C. Vann Woodward, a volume of witty and informative correspondence edited by Michael O'Brien (Yale University Press, 2013). Woodward, who would become a noted liberal historian, first mentions Wolfe...
The John Robert Bittner Student Literary Prize for the Thomas Wolfe Society
An annual prize open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in not-for-profit colleges and universities worldwide Purpose: To foster and recognize scholarship about Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938) by undergraduate and graduate students, and to...
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 Student Literary Prize in Honor of Richard S. Kennedy
An annual prize open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in colleges and universities worldwide Purpose: To foster and recognize scholarship about Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938) by undergraduate and graduate students and to encourage participation...
Thomas Wolfe and the "Great Engine" of Johns Hopkins Hospital
Johns Hopkins Hospital cast a dark shadow in the life and literary imagination of Thomas Wolfe. An examination of Wolfe's personal experiences and fiction offers an important trans-historical glimpse into the history of medicine in America and into...
Thomas Wolfe Comes Calling: An Imagined Visit with Vardis Fisher
A Dialogue: Mark Canada playing Thomas Wolfe, and Joseph M. Flora playing Vardis Fisher. (1) The date: early evening, 6 June 1938. The nation is experiencing some of the darkest days of the Great Depression. Wolfe, optimistic about his career, is...
Thomas Wolfe: Say It with Music-A Bibliographical Survey
It was shortly after the appearance of Elmer D. Johnson's Thomas Wolfe: A Checklist in 1970 that I decided to acquire material on musical compositions inspired by Wolfe's life and/or prose for my then burgeoning Thomas Wolfe collection. But I never...
Thomas Wolfe's Expressionism and the Party at Jack's
In the last years of his tragically foreshortened life, Thomas Wolfe created a number of stories and short novels striking for their subtlety, reach, and mastery of literary form. The Party at Jack's, compiled in his last year, stands among and yet...
Thomas Wolfe's Journey from Chartres to Orleans: A Train Trilogy
When he awoke in Chartres he was filled with a numb excitement. It was a gray wintry day with snow in the air, and he expected something to happen. He had this feeling often in the country, in France: it was a strange, mixed feeling of desolation and...
Thomas Wolfe Society News
Thomas Wolfe Society Officers, 2011-2013 President Paula G. Eckard, UNC Charlotte (pgeckard@uncc.edu) Vice President George Hovis, SUNY Oneonta (george.hovis@oneonta.edu) Treasurer Bob Powell, Birmingham, Michigan (bob.r.powell@gm.com)...
Titles and Twists
An editorial in the New York Times (10 July 2013) titled "The Decline of North Carolina," laments the state's political path after Republicans gained control of all three branches of state government for the first time since Reconstruction. A letter...
Waiting on Something to Happen
The truck edged off the road, grinding to a stop in front of the house. The dog, an indeterminate, midsized breed, barked from the westward-listing porch. Joe looked at the dog and half-grinned at its false ferocity before turning his attention back...
What I Came to Tell You
I What I Came to Tell You By Tommy Hays New York: Egmont, 2013. viii + 296 pp. ISBN 9781606844335 (hardcover), $16.99. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In an attempt to cope with the untimely and tragic death of his mother, young Grover Johnston...
Wolfe in Novels and Stories
Lee Smith's latest novel, Guests on Earth (Algonquin, 2013), is set in Asheville's Highland Hospital and narrated by Evalina Toussaint, who as a young girl in 1937 is sent to the hospital from her home in New Orleans. There she meets Zelda Fitzgerald,...
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