Look Homeward, Angel

Look Homeward, Angel

A Story of the Buried Life

Book - 1957
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The classic first novel from one of America's greatest men of letters
"I don't know yet what I am capable of doing," wrote Thomas Wolfe at the age of twenty-three, "but, by God, I have genius -- I know it too well to blush behind it." Six years later, with the publication of Look Homeward, Angel, Wolfe gave the world proof of his genius, and he would continue to do so throughout his tumultuous life.
Look Homeward, Angel 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.
Publisher: New York : Charles Scribner's, [1957]
Copyright Date: [©1957]
ISBN: 9780684842219
Branch Call Number: FIC Wolfe
Characteristics: 522 pages


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Jan 24, 2020

A great read! One of the great American works of fiction. His images are crisp. You can see and smell and hear the world he's describing. Its worth reading every word. Its not a book for skimming. In fact, read it out loud.

Nov 19, 2019

Looking forward to reading it although I know it won’t be an easy read

Dec 15, 2018

I am actually reading the play adapted as follows: Look Homeward, Angel opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on November 28, 1957, and ran for a total of 564 performances, closing on April 4, 1959. Directed by George Roy Hill, the cast starred Jo Van Fleet (who replaced Bette Davis during rehearsals after Davis broke her back at her home) and Anthony Perkins. Ketti Frings won the 1958 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award. The production received Tony Award nominations for Best Play; Best Actor in a Play (Hugh Griffith and Anthony Perkins); Best Actress in a Play (Jo Van Fleet); Best Scenic Design (Jo Mielziner); Best Costume Design (Motley); and Best Director (George Roy Hill).Look Homeward, Angel traces the coming of age of Eugene Gant, as well as the lives of his family members. It takes place in the town of Altamont, North Carolina. Eugene's mother, Eliza, runs a boarding house, "Dixieland", where boarders often interact with and affect the lives of the Gants. His father, William Oliver, runs a marble sculpture shop, where his prized possession, a statue of an angel. Mild recommendation. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jan 15, 2017

A pretentious tome that is filled with private imagery that strikes few if any notes with me. A real slog to get through and I felt exhausted at the end.

sarahjanefleury Jun 27, 2012

Referred to in The Lacuna by Kingsolver

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