I finally found the unfound door to Thomas Wolfe. It was sitting in the card catalogue all the time, while I had been groping blindly on the Internet. Is there a lesson here? Perhaps I should explain. I'm talking about Thomas Wolfe, the author oí Look Homeward, Angel, not the contemporary Tom Wolfe, who recendy skewered Atlanta with his own novel, A Man in Full. Our Thomas Wolfe is a big presence in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the town where I work and where Southern Cultures originates. The rambling, wildly eloquent young writer enrolled here at the University of North Carolina in 191 6 and began to practice his talents. Look Home- ward, Angel, Wolfe's first novel, appeared in 1929 and is heavily autobiographical, above: Women ofKappa Delta singing to rushees outside the sorority house at Ole Miss, 1996. Reprinted bypermission ofthe Memphis Commercial Appeal. like most of his fiction. Through a thin veil of pseudonyms, it deals with the author's family, his youth in Asheville, N.C., and his passage to manhood at the University. It opens with a famously portentous epigraph that begins "... a stone, a leaf, an unfound door; of a stone, a leaf, a
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 4, 1999
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