Wolfe, Thomas, 1900-1938

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Birth 1900-10-03
Death 1938-09-15

Biographical notes:

Bernstein met Thomas Wolfe in 1925 on a voyage between Europe and New York. Wolfe and Bernstein, the wife of a prominent New York stock broker and 18 years older than Wolfe, became lovers in Oct. 1925 and remained so for the next five years. Wolfe's 1929 novel, Look Homeward Angel, was dedicated to Bernstein.

From the description of [Account of a fire / Thomas Wolfe] (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 492206991

Thomas Clayton Wolfe was born October 3, 1900 in Asheville, North Carolina. He attended local Asheville schools, graduated from high school at age 15, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a sophomore at UNC, one of his poems was published in the University of North Carolina Magazine and he became increasingly active in the Carolina Playmakers, a course in playwriting. His first play, entitled The Return of Buck Gavin, was produced by the Playmakers and starred Wolfe in the lead role. After graduating from UNC in 1920, Wolfe studied playwriting at Harvard University, and completed a Master of Arts degree in literature. He moved to New York, where he alternated for the rest of his life between teaching at New York University, writing and publishing, and traveling frequently to Europe. His first novel, Look Homeward, Angel, published in 1929, prominently featured characters and scenes from his boyhood town of Asheville. His next autobiographical novel, Of Time and the River, followed in 1935. He also published numerous short stories, novellas, and plays during his lifetime. His other two novels - The Web and the Rock (1939), and You Can't Go Home Again (1940) - were both published posthumously. He died on September 15, 1938, at age 38, in Baltimore, Maryland.

From the guide to the Thomas Wolfe Ephemera Collection, 1969-2008, (UNF Library Special Collections and University Archives)

Thomas Wolfe was an American short story writer and novelist.

From the description of Thomas Wolfe photograph, circa1920-1938. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367938586

American author Thomas Wolfe was born in Asheville, N.C., and attended the University of North Carolina, 1916-1920. Mildred Hartshorn and her husband Matthew Hartshorn were childhood friends of Wolfe's in Asheville.

From the description of Thomas Wolfe letter and other materials, 1933-1955. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 707936844

From the guide to the Thomas Wolfe Letter and Other Materials, 1933-1955, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

Thomas Roberdeau Wolfe, who, from 1840 10 1842, worked in India as a cotton culture advisor for the British East India Company. In 1842, Wolfe returned to the United States where he married Maria Bernard Temple of Fredericksburg, Va., and moved to New Orleans where he practiced law until his death.

From the description of Thomas Roberdeau Wolfe papers, 1819; 1836-1842; 1990 [manuscript]. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 26064204

Wolfe was an American novelist.

From the description of Thomas Wolfe papers, 1916-1975. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612302242

From the guide to the Thomas Wolfe papers, 1916-1975., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)


From the description of Papers of Thomas Wolfe, 1935-1949. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71071649


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