Thomas Wolfe American Literature Analysis - Essay

Thomas Wolfe American Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Typically, Wolfe composed his novels as vast, sprawling narratives which, beginning with the origins, early childhood, or youth of his protagonists, would recount in abundant detail memorable impressions and episodes from his past. Those who knew Wolfe personally and who had heard him speak described him as capable of extraordinary, vivid, and tumultuous outpourings of words that could be prompted spontaneously by suitable occasions. This quality may be seen in much of his writing. Many of the particularly evocative passages in his novels display descriptive powers that he developed at some length, and which in turn were related to the thematic currents underlying his works. His writings were particularly effective in conveying...

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