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The Story of a Novel (Hudson River Edition Series)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Admiré de Faulkner, de Kerouac ou de Philip Roth, Wolfe fut lune des très grandes voix du XXe siècle américain. Réflexion sur le processus créatif et la recherche dun style qui lui soit absolument propre, LHistoire dun roman est à la fois un art décrire et un art dexister, en dépit de ses démons ou peut-être grâce à eux.
Hardcover, 93 pages
Published June 1st 1936 by Macmillan Pub Co (first published 1936)
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Gabril
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Una parola non è la stessa per ogni scrittore, perché c’è chi la strappa dalle sue viscere e chi la estrae dal taschino della giacca“. (Charles Peguy)
Thomas Wolfe è stato uno scrittore viscerale, torrenziale, immerso nel fondamento percettivo dell’esperienza. Il breve testo racconta il travaglio, il tormento e la gioia di trovare un linguaggio per dare forma a questo universo tumultuante.
Paul Gleason
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Story of a Novel is based on a lecture that Wolfe gave shortly after completing his second book (and second masterpiece), Of Time and the River. Wolfe shows no sign of arrogance here at all, admitting that he hasn't quite figured out how to write a good novel yet (I beg to differ). I can think of no personal reflection on novel writing that gets at what it's like to actually write a novel that's better than this one - all the anxiety that a writer experiences when he/she is chasing the ineff ...more
Jakefan Efp
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Per chi ama la scrittura è un libro imperdibile. A tratti angosciante, è intenso, vero, umile, appassionato, doloroso.
Taylor Church
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I rage read this small book in the manner of a few sittings. Thomas Wolfe is perhaps my favorite author, and certainly my favorite fiction writer, so reading his fine and grand words on the creation, evolution, and aftermath of a novel was a splendid thing to intake. Anyone who has read his major novels should pick up this small work. Also any person with an inkling to write and record life, or make art should read this beautifully brief masterpiece.
Frabe
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In "Storia di un romanzo" (1936) Thomas Wolfe parla di sé e della sua scrittura, diffusamente, mettendo a disposizione la personale esperienza: dall'ambizioso intento di generare nuove modalità espressive alle tormentate fasi realizzative, in un impegno totalizzante. Morirà due anni dopo, a 38 anni, ma sarà molto letto e amato anche nei decenni successivi. Philip Roth lo ricorda come "il mio idolo adolescenziale" e "il mio titano".
Cecilebe
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le titre de ce livre parle pour lui-même : la longue traversée qui mène à la publication d'un roman. Le processus d'écriture, les états psychologiques traversés, les doutes, l'euphorie, tout cela est très bien décrit et écrit.

Le processus dont il parle et ses différentes étapes :

1/ Je ne suis pas écrivain et ne le serai jamais. Je n'appartiens pas à ce monde-là
2/ Sensation de perte de soi : l'écriture devient la seule manière de s'accrocher à la vie (illusoire mais déclencheur)
3/ "Toute œuvre d
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Daniel
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is written by Thomas Wolfe after the publication of his first two novels, Look Homeward, Angel and Of Time and the River. Let me just say that I have read neither. I have read nothing written by Thomas Wolfe, ever. So why did I read this book about him writing his first two books? I don’t know. Why not? It was short and I thought it would be a quick read, which it was.

This book is extremely personal and very well written. Wolfe shares his struggles that come with not only the act of wr
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Maria (Scratchbook)
È questo che mi commuove in Thomas Wolfe: l'incapacità di non poter essere altro che la somma di se stesso, «come un torrente, un impeto e una forza compressa». Ed è così che appare in Story of a Novel, il testo del discorso che tenne di fronte a un gruppo di studenti del Boulder College, pubblicato dalla casa editrice Scribner's nel 1936. Non Thomas Wolfe, l'autore di uno degli esordi più sorprendenti del secolo (il romanzo Angelo, guarda il passato) ma un uomo qualunque, uno che non poteva non ...more
Heather Mize
Feb 22, 2012 rated it liked it
This books is a good book for writer's to read. It expresses some of the same universal theme's from any memoir on writing, but Wolfe's share's some interesting perspective in this short little book. He also goes from one extreme to the other- writing to little to writing too much. This book also shows the value of good editing, and why editors are needed. Wolfe gets sucked into a story and literally takes years upon years writing manuscripts in excess of millions of words. Overall, it's a good ...more
Tiziano Brignoli
Un libro perfetto per introdurre Thomas Wolfe a un pubblico - quello italiano, ma non solo - che, sbagliando, ha trascurato questo scrittore dalla scrittura poetica, intensa, dolorosa e vivace per troppo tempo.
Un libricino piccolo ma pienamente godibile, anche come lettura serale. Si viaggia con lui, con le sue parole, con i suoi ricordi e le sue sofferte emozioni.
Thomas Wolfe quando scrive lo fa non solo per se stesso, ma per descrivere appieno la potenza e tutta la gloria dell'America.
James Smith
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Thomas Wolfe fans, aspiring novelists
A marvelous peek behind the curtain, providing a glimpse of the frenetic energy behind Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel and the later novels.
Simona Moschini
Una lettura sincera, cristallina, toccante, tanto più quando si scopre che il povero Wolfe morì un anno e mezzo dopo questo resoconto da cui traspariva tutta la sua apertura e fiducia nel futuro.
Mark
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Not much. He's quite self-absorbed.
Steve Coscia
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this brief autobiographical account of Thomas Wolfe's experience while writing his first two novels (LookjHomeward, Angel and Of Time and The River). He pours out his innermost feelings about his voluminous writing and massive subsequent text curtailing.

He writes, "My spirit quivered at the bloody execution. My soul recoiled before the carnage of so many lovely things cut out upon which my heart was set."

'nuff said.
سہۣۗہۣۗۗمہۣۗہۣۗۗو اﻷامہۣۗہۣۗۗيہۣۗہۣۗۗرة
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Josh Depuydt
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great quick read (1-2 hours max)
Arthur Henn
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wonderful short story of Thomas Wolfe and how he wrote - Look Homeward, Angel & Of Time and the River- ...more
Samuel Gee
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
You break my heart, you break my heart, over and over and over.
Logan
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
So very relatable for anyone who's ever attempted a long term creative project. Wolfe really captures what it's like to be so pulled by your work, and it's validating to read his very honest experience. I can't believe that the first draft of one of his novels was a million words in length and that his editor was kind enough to work with him to cut it down and get it ready for publishing...that in and of itself is a really beautiful relationship that emphasizes the importance of having someone w ...more
Traci
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fix-me, on-writing
Bless Thomas Wolfe's editor if for no other reason than he made one writer understand that the editor is not the Antichrist.
Kevin Kizer
Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love this little-known book because it's Thomas Wolfe writing about his writing before he became famous. It is literally the story of his novel.
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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
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