The spectacular, history-making first novel about a young man’s coming of age by literary legend Thomas Wolfe, first published in 1929 and long considered a classic of twentieth century literature.
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.
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Homeward....had to study!
I am a prolific reader of good current fiction. That being said, I have felt that I have been lacking in the "classics" and have attempted to include some periodically. Look Homeward Angel was a challenge....I needed to reread sentences and sometimes even whole pages. I am not an especially educated woman, I only acquired an associate degree; I'm not however, ignorant! I'm glad I stuck with it, I read it ALOT slower than I usually read. I don't know if it's just me but this was a difficult read. There was quite a bit of description that one rarely encounters in today's literature. A lot of the words were archaic and at the time this was written, the whole "flow" of a novel was "different". It is a classic though, and certainly a classic tale that I appreciated.