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Thomas Wolfe

Thomas Wolfe [1900-38] seated          short profile

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"[Thomas Wolfe] was one of the most confident young voices in contemporary American literature, a vibrant, full-toned voice which it is hard to believe could be so suddenly stilled. The stamp of genius was upon him, though it was an undisciplined and unpredictable genius. . . There was within him an unspent energy, an untiring force, an unappeasable hunger for life and for expression which might have carried him to the heights and might equally have torn him down."
— obituary in The New York Times

"I don't know yet what I am capable of doing, but, by God, I have genius – I know it too well to blush behind it."
— Thomas Wolfe

"Loneliness . . . is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man."
— Thomas Wolfe

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Thomas Clayton Wolfe (October 3, 1900 – September 15, 1938)

Thomas Wolfe entry at Wikipedia
browse books at the Thomas Wolfe Store at Amazon
Thomas Wolfe credits [since 1953] at Internet Movie Database

Primary Works
Library of America has not yet published a set of Thomas Wolfe's works (2012)
browse books at the Thomas Wolfe Store at Amazon

The Thomas Wolfe Reader book edited by C. Hugh Holman   "The Thomas Wolfe Reader" [1962]
"an abundant & widely-representative treasury of his finest work, selected, with an
introduction and notes by C. Hugh Holman"
Charles Scribner's Sons 8½x6 hardcover [1962] out of print/many used
Charles Scribner's Sons 8½x5½ hardcover [1962] out of print/many used
Complete Short Stories of Thomas Wolfe collection edited by Francis E. Skipp  "The Complete Short Stories of Thomas Wolfe" [58 stories 1987]
Edited by Francis E. Skipp, Foreword by James Dickey

includes 22 pieces collected previously, 35 stories never before collected, and "The Spanish Letter" published here for the first time
Scribner/Collier Books 9x6 pb [5/89] for $27.94
Charles Scribner's Sons hardcover [1987] out of print/scarce
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Fiction Published in His Lifetime

"Look Homeward, Angel" [1929]

"The Autobiographical Outline For Look Homeward, Angel" [Apr 2004]
by Thomas Wolfe, Lucy Conniff & Richard S. Kennedy

"No Door" [novella 1933]
published in two installments in Scribner's Magazine in 1933 & 1934, and later became part of his full-length "Of Time and The River"

"Of Time and The River: A Legend of Man's Hunger In His Youth" [1935]

"The Starwick Episodes [Aug 1994] by Thomas Wolfe, Edited & with An Introduction by Richard S. Kennedy

"From Death To Morning" [stories 1935]

"The Lost Boy: A Novella" [1937]

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Fiction Published Posthumously

"The Web and The Root/Rock" [1939]

"You Can't Go Home Again" [1940]

"The Hills Beyond" [1941]

"The Short Novels of Thomas Wolfe" [1961] Edited by C. Hugh Holman TWshortnovelsCHH.jpg
A Portrait of Bascom Hawke, The Web of Earth, No Door, "I Have a Thing to Tell You," and The Party at Jack's

"The Hound of Darkness" [1986]

"The Party At Jack's" [1995]

"O Lost: A Story of The Buried Life: The Unabridged Text of Look Homeward Angel" [2000]

"The Four Lost Men" [7/2008]

"The Good Child's River: A Previously Unpublished Novel [1991] by Thomas Wolfe
Edited & with An Introduction by Suzanne Stutman

Other Works

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"The Story of A Novel" [1936] TWstoryofanovel.jpg

"A Stone, A Leaf, A Door: Poems by Thomas Wolfe" [1945]
Selected and Arranged in Verse by John S. Barnes, Foreword by Louis Untermeyer
http://www.amazon.com/Stone-Leaf-Poems-Thomas-Wolfe/dp/0684157543/ Scribner June 1987
http://www.amazon.com/A-Stone-Leaf-Door/dp/0684124742/ TWstoneleafdoorJSB.jpg

"A Western Journal: A Daily Log of The Great Parks Trip, June 20-July 2, 1938" [1951]

"The Letters of Thomas Wolfe" [1956]

"Beyond Love and Loyalty: The Letters of Thomas Wolfe and Elizabeth Nowell" [1983]

"The Autobiography of An American Novelist" [5/1983] by Thomas Wolfe, Edited by Leslie Field
consists of "The Story of A Novel" and "Writing and Living"

"To Loot My Life Clean: The Thomas Wolfe-Maxwell Perkins Correspondence" [2000]
Edited by [Matthew J. Bruccoli & Park Bucker

"Thomas Wolfe's Civil War" [4/2004] Edited & with Introduction by David Madden

"Windows of The Heart: The Correspondence of Thomas Wolfe and Margaret Roberts" [10/2007]
by Ted Mitchell & Margaret Roberts

"The Magical Campus: University of North Carolina Writings, 1917-1920" [May 2008]
by Thomas Wolfe, Matthew Bruccoli, Aldo P. Magi & Pat Conroy

Motion Pictures, Stageplays, Other Media

"The Return of Buck Gavin" one-act play [1919]
performed by classmates in Frederick Koch's playwriting class at UNC, with Wolfe acting the title role

"The Third Night" stageplay [Dec 1919] also performed by classmates at UNC

"The Mountains: A Play in One Act" and "The Mountains: A Drama in Three Acts and A Prologue" [written 1921, publd 1970]
the two versions of the play were performed by George Pierce Baker's 47 Workshop at Harvard

"Welcome To Our City: A Play In Ten Scenes" [written 1923, publd 1983]
Wolfe's stageplay was performed twice while he was at Harvard; in Zurich (in German) during the 1950s;
and at the Mint Theater in New York City in 2000 in celebration of Wolfe's 100th birthday

"Mannerhouse: A Play In A Prologue and Four Acts" [1948]

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Thomas Wolfe's credits [1957 & 1978] at Internet Broadway Database

"Look Homeward Angel: A Comedy-Drama In Three Acts"
Broadway stageplay [1957-59]
actor Anthony Perkins under the marquee of the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, circa 1958  
playscript for 1957 stageplay of "Look Homeward Angel" by Ketti Frings  
Ran for 564 performances, Nov 1957 to April 1959; nominated for six Tony Awards; won the 1958 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; "The novel stinks, but the play is a knockout." Adaptation by Ketti Frings [1909-81]; directed by George Roy Hill; cast included Hugh Griffith, Anthony Perkins, Jo Van Fleet, Arthur Hill, Frances Hyland, Joseph Bernard, Clifford Cothren, Mary Farrell • credits at IBDbstageplay entry at Wikipedia
Samuel French & Co. playscript pb [1958] out of print/used

"Look Homeward, Angel" TV movie [NBC-TV Feb 1972]
Teleplay by Ketti Frings; directed by Paul Bogart; starring Timothy Bottoms, Barbara Colby, Ronny Cox, Charles Durning, Amy Freeman, Barnard Hughes, Nancy Marchand, E.G. Marshall, James Naughton, Geraldine Page, Pamela Payton-Wright, Kathryn Walker
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

"Angel" Broadway musical [May 1978]
Ran eleven performances & shut down, yet nominated for Best Actress Tony Award & Best Actor Drama Desk Award; book by Ketti Frings & Peter Udell; music by Gary Geld; lyrics by Peter Udell; directed by Philip Rose; cast included Fred Gwynne, Frances Sternhagen, Patti Allison, Jayne Barnett, Billy Beckham, Grace Carney, Donna Davis, Patricia Englund, Elek Hartman, Rex David Hays, Joel Higgins • credits at IBDb

"Of Time and The River" TV movie [1953] (story)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1380425/ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1476603/

"Schau Heimwärts, Engel (Look Homeward, Angel)" TV movie [Germany 1961]

"Herrenhaus" TV movie [Germany 1966] (play)

"Erinnerungen an Einen Sommer in Berlin" TV movie [Germany 1972] (story "You Can't Go Home Again")

"You Can't Go Home Again" TV movie [1979]

"Days In The Yellow Leaf (short) (novel)

"Genius" [Film Nation 2013?]  
Announced 11/2012: Tells the story of the relationship between North Carolina author Thomas Wolfe and his New York editor Max Perkins;
screenplay is written by John Logan, based on A. Scott Berg’s biography "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius"; actor Michael Grandage will direct
Colin Firth {as Perkins} and Michael Fassbender (as Wolfe} • not yet listed at IMDb
"Max Perkins: Editor of Genius" [1978] by A. Scott Berg

Works About Thomas Wolfe

"Thomas Wolfe" [1949] by Pierre Brodin

"Thomas Wolfe" [1960] by Elizabeth Nowell

"Thomas Wolfe's Albatross: Race and Nationality In America" [Univ Georgia Press 1969] by Paschal Reeves

"Thomas Wolfe" by Ladell; Br3 Payne (1969)

"Thomas Wolfe by Andrew Turnbull (1969)

"Thomas Wolfe: The Critical Reception" [Ayer Publishing 1974] by Paschal Reeves

"Thomas Wolfe" (Jun 1976) by Herbert J. Muller

"Thomas Wolfe: A Biography" [10/1979] by George Riley Preston

Life of Thomas Wolfe  "Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe" [1987]
by David Herbert Donald
{ book won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography }
Harvard Univ Press 9x6 pb [1/2003] for $29.00
Little, Brown hardcover [3/89] out of print/many used
Ballantine/Fawcett pb [2/88] out of print/many used

"Looking Homeward: A Thomas Wolfe Photo Album" (May 1, 1993) by Morton I. Teicher

"Thomas Wolfe" (Jul 11, 1996) by John Earl Bassett

"Thomas Wolfe: A Writer's Life" [1997] by Ted Mitchell

Tell About the South documentary (trilogy)  "Tell About The South: Voices In Black and White, 1915-1940"
[Agee Film Project/PBS-TV Aug 1998]

Episode 1 of a trilogy of films telling the history of Modern Southern Literature; written & produced by Ross Spears, directed by Devorah Cutler • DVDs for institutions or individuals are available at the producer's website
Narrated by Rita Dove; featuring such writers as the Blues Poets, Cleanth Brooks, Erskine Caldwell, Pat Conroy, poet Rita Dove, Wilma Dykeman, William Faulkner, Shelby Foote, the Fugitive Poets, Nikki Giovanni, Zora Neale Hurston, Andrew Lytle, Margaret Mitchell, Willie Morris, Albert Murray, Reynolds Price, William Styron, Jean Toomer, Alice Walker, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, and Thomas Wolfefull credits at IMDb
Agee Films color VHS [undated] out of prodn/scarce

Dixie Limited Railroads & the Southern Renaissance book by Joseph R. Millichap  "Dixie Limited: Railroads, Culture, and The Southern Renaissance" [2002]
by Joseph R. Millichap

"A detailed reading of the complex and often ambivalent relationships among technology, culture, and literature that railroads represent in selected writers and works of the Southern Renaissance" including literary giants Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, Thomas Wolfe, and poet Dave Smith
Univ Press KY 9x6 hardcover [3/2002] for $40.00

"Lean Down Your Ear Upon The Earth, and Listen: Thomas Wolfe's Greener Modernism" [2003] by Robert Taylor Ensign

"Thomas Wolfe: An Illustrated Biography" [Pegasus Books 2006] by Ted Mitchell

Thomas Wolfe Illustrated Biography  
"Thomas Wolfe: An Illustrated Biography" [2006]
Edited by Ted Mitchell

Pegasus Books 10x7 pb [9/2006] out of print/many used

"Thomas Wolfe: When Do The Atrocities Begin?" [Univ Tennessee Press, 2007] by Joanne Marshall Mauldin

Family & Friends

sister Mabel Elizabeth Wolfe [1890-1958]

closest brother Benjamin Harrison Wolfe [1892–1918]

friend & editor Maxwell Perkins [1884-1947], of Charles Scribner's Sons
"The Sons of Maxwell Perkins: The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and Their Editor"
[Univ SC Press 2004] edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli

lover Mrs. Aline Bernstein [1882–1955] from October 1925 to 1930
"My Other Loneliness: Letters of Thomas Wolfe and Aline Bernstein" [1983] Edited by Richard Kennedy

often confused (in print) with white-suited author Tom Wolfe [b. 1931]

L i n k s

Thomas Wolfe Web Site at University of North Carolina
Thomas Wolfe entry at Wikipedia
browse books at the Thomas Wolfe Store at Amazon
Thomas Wolfe credits [since 1953] at Internet Movie Database

2012 Thomas Wolfe Prize
Thomas Wolfe Society [est. 1979]
Thomas Wolfe Memorial [est. 1949] in Asheville, NC

Online sales in association with  browse books at the Thomas Wolfe Store at Amazon

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