What is one element that makes Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe a romantic novel?

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel is described by critics as "romantic" because of its emotionality and its spacious style. Pertaining to emotionality, Wolfe writes what is considered to be melodramatic passages [melodramatic: exaggerated and emotional or overly sentimental]. An example of such a melodramatic passage is Wolfe's description of people preparing food. For the commonplace circumstance of food preparation, his description is considered romantically extreme. Pertaining to Wolfe's spacious (or "sprawling") style, he incorporates elements of a Southern American epic tale, with elaborate descriptions of nature, and traces of European modernist style, with frank sexuality and long dissertations similar to modernist stream-of-consciousness writing.