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Wolfe's vs Perkin's version of the book

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Humberto Torres So I got interested on Thomas Wolfe after a movie: «Genius». Which version do you think it's worth reading first? I heard that in LHA Perkins wanted the story to focus more on Wolfe's alterego, leaving behind a lot of wolfe's view about other characters.


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Humberto wrote: "So I got interested on Thomas Wolfe after a movie: «Genius». Which version do you think it's worth reading first? I heard that in LHA Perkins wanted the story to focus more on Wolfe's alterego, lea..."

Just finished a long-overdue reread, read version with insertions from Wolfe's original manuscript, which is the version you'be shown here, I think. I don't think there are more than a dozen or so of these, it's not a massive change. At first, I reread a change to see whether I felt the newly added material affected the text. I decided that the modest insertions added to both the clarity and richness of the book, and before long I paid no attention. Perkins's introduction is great, didn't read it until I finished the book. The massive cuts made to the original manuscript have not been restored, it's nothing like that. Besides, as Perkins says, the cut material, the big cuts, largely ended up being used by Wolfe in other works.

I am so grateful that I picked this up again. Reading a book this profound in one's 20's is, hmm, a learning experience. Rereading in one's 60's is a life experience.


Dale Muckerman I've only read the version that is popularly published, which I assume is the one Perkins edited. I read it when I was in high school and again when I was in my 60s. Enjoyed it both times. I am guessing the Perkins edited version is the one that brought Wolfe acclaim and fame, so that says something about it.


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