Look Homeward, Angel, A Story of Buried Life: Or, Why I Ca n't Go Home Again
Look Homeward, Angel, First Edition, Charles Scribner 's Sons, NY, NY, 1929The manuscript Thomas Wolfe submitted to master editor Maxwell Perkins was not titled Look Homeward, Angel, A Story of Buried Life.
Rather, Wolfe had chosen O Lost: A Story of the Buried Life.
Thomas Wolfe, a buried life? I call Perkins the master editor for he was already responsible for neatening up the works of Ernest Hemingway and F.
THE ditor, Max PerkinsPerkins explained to Wolfe that he considered Wolfe 's alter ego, Eugene Gant, to e the central focus of thi trilogy.
In 1934 Wolfe left Scribners and signed with Harper Brothers.The original manuscript of " O Lost A Story of the Buried Life, " was published on October 3, 2000, by the University of South Carolina Press for the centenary of Thomas Wolfe 's birth.
As in real life, Eugene 's father was a stone cutter of funereal monuments, while his mother established a second home in a boarding house she purchased.
ome of Eugene 's siblings lived with their ather, those who wer not escaped by death or marriage.
Through the years Eugene 's resentment toward his mother grows until he convince her after leaving for college. “ By God, I shall spend the rest of my life getting my heart back, healing and forgetting every scar you put upon me when I was a child.
We follow Eugene throughout his life.
novel ends near Wolfe 's twenty-ninth birthday.Eugene 's sibling to whom he is the closest is his brother Ben. Ben acts as Eugene 's reinforcement in escaping home.
Only, Eugene repeatedly tells Ben he has enough.Wolfe takes us through life on the home front during WWI.
I first read " Look Homeward, Angel " in October, 1973.
Emerson believed a week should be a requisit period of time to read " Look Homeward, Angel. " I kne thi man.
It was confusing whether love and lust were elements of one human need, or were completely different entities.Eugene is extremely tall by the time he is sixteen.
O lost, and by the wind grieved, ghost, come back again, as first I knew you in the timeless valley, where we shall feel ourselves anew, bedded on magic in the onth of June.
Brin up into the mountain, O my young love: return.
O lost, and by the wind grieved ghost, come back again. ” I sympathized with Eugene, the prisoner of two parents controlled by completely conflicting belief systems.
When you are young everything is of momentous importance.When my group " On the Southern Literary Trail " chose " Look Homeward, Angel, " I was unable to capture the reaction to it I had at age twenty-one.
Nearly forty one years of living took the gloss off Wolfe 's novel for me.
" O lost, and by the wind grieved ghost, come back soo. ”