Look Homeward, Angel (Paperback)
|A Southern family with a great appetite for living is dominated by the father until an older son, Eugene, is able to free himself from his rural North Carolina hometown to seek the challenges of an Ivy League education and big city life. Reissue. 75,000 first printing. *Author: Wolfe, Thomas *Publication Date: 2006/10/10 *Number of Pages: 544 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 9.00|
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The stunning, classic coming-of-age novel written by one of America's foremost Southern writers
A legendary author on par with William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Wolfe published Look Homeward, Angel, his first novel, about a young man's burning desire to leave his small town and tumultuous family in search of a better life, in 1929. It gave the world proof of his genius and launched a powerful legacy.
The novel follows the trajectory of Eugene Gant, a brilliant and restless young man whose wanderlust and passion shape his adolescent years in rural North Carolina. Wolfe said that Look Homeward, Angel is "a book made out of my life," and his largely autobiographical story about the quest for a greater intellectual life has resonated with and influenced generations of readers, including some of today's most important novelists. Rich with lyrical prose and vivid characterizations, this twentieth-century American classic will capture the hearts and imaginations of every reader.
LOOK HOMEWARD, ANGEL, Wolfe's first novel, was published on October 18, 1929 only a few days before the great stock market crash. It is the coming-of-age story of Eugene Gant, whose restlessness and yearning to experience life to the fullest take him from his rural home in North Carolina to Harvard. Through his rich, ornate prose and meticulous attention to detail, Wolfe evokes the peculiarities of small-town life, and the pain and upheaval of leaving home. Heavily autobiographical, LOOK HOMEWARD, ANGEL, is Wolfe's most turbulent and passionate work, and a brilliant novel of lasting impact. In his preface, Wolfe wrote: "Dr. Johnson remarked that a man would run over half a library to make a single book: in the same way, a novelist may turn over half the people in a town to make a single figure in his novel. This is not the whole method but the writer believes it illustrates the whole method in a book that is written from a middle distance and is without rancor or bitter intention."
"[I]t is a rich positive grappling with life, a remembrance of things past untinged by the shadow of regret, of one who has found his youthful experiences full of savor. No more sensuous (not to be construed as sensual) novel has been written in the United States." - J. Chamberlain December 1929 New York Times Book Review
"Here is a novel of the sort one is too seldom priviledged to welcome. It is a book of great drive and vigor, of profound originality, of rich and variant color....The color of the book is not borrowed; it is native and essential. Mr. Wolfe has a very great gift--the ability to find in simple events and in humble, unpromising lives the whole meaning and poetry of human existence....His style is sprawling, fecund, subtly rhythmic and amazingly vital. He twists language masterfully to his own uses, heeding neither the decency of a word nor its licensed existence, so long as he secures his sought for and instantaneous effect." - Margaret Wallace 10/27/1929 New York Review of Books
"LOOK HOMEWARD, ANGEL, pure in ambition, dressed in the ornaments of his vast reading, rich, almost burdened with a grand style of adjective and metaphor, and homely enough in catching the diction, the pauses, the pretensions and evasions of the strangers and family that explode in the pages. LOOK HOMEWARD, ANGEL is a pastoral of memory, a graveyard of youth and not a recording but a strange magnification shaped by an untamed imagination." - Elizabeth Hardwick 11/16/2000 New York Herald Tribune Book Review
"There is such a mammoth appreciation of experience and of living that the intention of the novel cannot be articulated.... If I could create one magic word that would make everyone want to read the book I would write it down and be utterly satisfied." - Margery Latimer 11/03/1929