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Look Homeward, Angel: A Story of the Buried Life

Look Homeward, Angel: A Story of the Buried Life

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Look Homeward, Angel: A Story of the Buried Life

by WOLFE, Thomas

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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (19.75cm); navy blue cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; dustjacket; [2],viii,626,[2]pp. Base of spine bumped, crown gently nudged, with some light external wear, and two faint tape ghosts on front endpaper; contents otherwise clean; Very Good+. In the second state dustjacket, unclipped (priced $2.50), gently spine-sunned, modest external wear, with some shallow losses to crown and upper corners (costing a few letters in the title), a few tiny nicks, and several tears, a dozen of which have been neatly and archivally mended on verso; Very Good or better. "The story of Eugene Gant, a Southern boy. Much material on Southern mores and many unforgettable pictures. The boy breaks away from his pathetic family but is nevertheless caught in a web of futility and despair" (Coan, p.67). JOHNSTON A2.1.a; HANNA 3871.


Look Homeward, Angel: A Story of the Buried Life is a 1929 novel by Thomas Wolfe. It is Wolfe's first novel, and is considered a highly autobiographical American Bildungsroman. The character of Eugene Gant is generally believed to be a depiction of Wolfe himself. The novel covers the span of time from Gant's birth to the age of 19. The setting is the fictional town and state of Altamont, Catawba, which is considered to be a not-so-subtle mirror of his hometown, Asheville, North Carolina.


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Look Homeward, Angel: A Story of the Buried Life
WOLFE, Thomas
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