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More Wolfe Memorial Thomas Wolfe Throughout his literary career, Thomas Clayton Wolfe mined the early years of his life to extract every scrap of truth from his experiences, and to carve these truths into art. He seemed to take little pleasure in the finished work, but would feverishly turn to the next.
During his brief but eventful life, Thomas Wolfe traveled the length and breadth of the United States, sailed to Europe on glamorous ships, conversed with literary giants and film stars, and loved a famous, successful woman.
His first novel, Look Homeward, Angel, recounted the life of a young man born in western North Carolina, the son of a stonecutter and a woman who ran a boardinghouse. He once said the reason he wrote a book was to forget it. His mother was 40 years old and her dream was that her last child would achieve greatness.
At the age of four he traveled to St. While there, Tom experienced his first loss of family when his brother, Grover, contracted typhoid and died. This event haunted Tom, and years later he would carve it into art.
Behind the little wasted shell that lay there he remembered suddenly the warm brown face, the soft eyes, that once had peered down at him She became first, last, and always a businesswoman. And when Julia moved into the cavernous old house, she took young Tom with her.
The "Old Kentucky Home" afforded the boy a foreign and uncomfortable existence over the next ten years. Ben defended his awkward little brother before the others in the large, rambunctious family; and he looked after Tom with small tokens of money and other gifts.
Ben had time for Tom, and the boy never forgot it. While Julia single-mindedly ran her business, her youngest child was left to fend for himself; and when Tom was accepted at the North State Fitting School in Asheville, his studies became the center of his life. Tom graduated in with the highest literary honors.
Although Julia toiled on with the boardinghouse and her real estate ventures, by many changes had taken place in the Wolfe household. Due to his unusual height six feet, seven inches and small-town innocence, Tom felt very much an outsider in his new surroundings.
When assigned an essay titled "Who I Am," he wrote unabashedly about his colorful family, and his classmates were certain it was fiction.
By his sophomore year at Chapel Hill, Tom began to achieve recognition as a writer. At the beginning of his junior year, however, as Tom was enjoying his academic endeavors at college, tragedy struck when his special brother, Ben, contracted a severe case of pneumonia.The Project Gutenberg EBook of Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
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