Thomas Wolfe


Born
in Asheville, North Carolina, The United States
October 03, 1900

Died
September 15, 1938

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Thomas Clayton Wolfe (October 3, 1900 – September 15, 1938) was an American novelist of the early twentieth century.

Wolfe wrote four lengthy novels, plus many short stories, dramatic works and novellas. He is known for mixing highly original, poetic, rhapsodic, and impressionistic prose with autobiographical writing. His books, written and published from the 1920s to the 1940s, vividly reflect on American culture and the mores of that period, albeit filtered through Wolfe's sensitive, sophisticated and hyper-analytical perspective. He became widely known during his own lifetime.

Wolfe inspired the works of many other authors, including Betty Smith with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek, and Prince of Tides author P
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Look Homeward, Angel

3.94 avg rating — 11,838 ratings — published 1929 — 119 editions
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You Can't Go Home Again

4.05 avg rating — 4,197 ratings — published 1940 — 47 editions
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Of Time and the River: A Le...

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4.19 avg rating — 915 ratings — published 1935 — 35 editions
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The Web and the Rock

4.01 avg rating — 538 ratings — published 1938 — 21 editions
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Lost Boy: A Novella

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The Complete Short Stories ...

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From Death to Morning

3.93 avg rating — 184 ratings — published 1935 — 15 editions
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The Hills Beyond

3.88 avg rating — 165 ratings — published 1941 — 10 editions
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O Lost: A Story of the Buri...

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A Stone, a Leaf, a Door: Poems

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More books by Thomas Wolfe…
“Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going. Don’t freeze up.”
Thomas Wolfe, You Can't Go Home Again

“I have to see a thing a thousand times before I see it once.”
Thomas Wolfe, You Can't Go Home Again

“There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.”
Thomas Wolfe

Polls

September 2015 New School Classic Poll

 
  28 votes, 20.1%

1991, Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder, 403 pages
 
  23 votes, 16.5%

1972, Watership Down by Richard Adams, 478 pages
 
  19 votes, 13.7%

1954, I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, 160 pages
 
  18 votes, 12.9%

1931, Light in August by William Faulkner, 507 pages
 
  16 votes, 11.5%

 
  10 votes, 7.2%

 
  9 votes, 6.5%

 
  6 votes, 4.3%

1929, Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe, 644 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.3%

 
  4 votes, 2.9%

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