Thomas Wolfe A Biography Author:Elizabeth Nowell Excerpt from Dustjacket: "Elizabeth Nowell, who spent many years compiling the material for this book, was Thomas Wolfe's literary agent and close friend. Her wish was that the attention given to her work be devoted entirely to her subject and not to her. But in simple justice it should be noted that only true heroism in the face of illness and... more » impending death enabled her to complete this book.
From his earliest years Thomas Wolfe was at odds with his strong-willed, intemperate father and with his property hungry mother. He found in his elder brother Ben his one champion. After Ben's death in 1918 from pneumonia, young Tom became conscious of the demands of his own artistic nature: he realized that he must sever his connections at home and find a new world - the world of creativity that his sensitive soul and anguished heart seemed to demand.
The years ahead saw Wolfe struggling to find himself. And in this biography Miss Nowell has vividly described those years, which included his days as a student of Harvard under George Pierce Baker and later as an instructor at New York University. In 1929 Wolfe won his first recognition when 'Look Homeward, Angel' was published. But success only added to his suffering. It was not until some five years later that his second major novel, 'Of Time and the River', was published. Meanwhile Wolfe was working at a furious pace gathering the material that was to constitute 'The Web and the Rock' and 'You Can't Go Home Again' as well as other works - on all of which much new light is shed through Miss Nowell's frequent use of quotations from Wolfe's own letters and writings...."« less