Thomas Wolfe Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Thomas Wolfe Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Throughout Thomas Wolfe’s fiction there is evidence of a powerful but sometimes uncontrolled mind at work. Few would argue Wolfe’s genius, but many have questioned how well he directed it. Part of the difficulty may have come from his self-professed intention to create an American mythology. The result would be the record of an individual, lonely and lost in the flux of time, forever exploring the diversity of American life. Partly because of his early death and partly because of his own difficulties in giving form to ideas, Wolfe never managed to unify the vast body of his work. Add to this the considerable amount of influence his editors exerted on his manuscripts, and some intriguing questions still remain about the...

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