This class session we will cover Look Homeward, Angel, a lengthy novel from the youthful “genius” of early 20th century American literature, Thomas Wolfe. In this novel, which he subtitled “A Story of the Buried Life”, Wolfe, a North Carolinian, transformed the events and setting of his upbringing in Asheville, North Carolina, into a beautiful but disconcerting “coming of age” novel, full of poignant observations on life as he experienced it in a small Southern town. Our sessions together will include spirited and fun discussions on the quality (and quantity!) of Wolfe’s poetic prose, his gifts as a storyteller and novelist, and his literary legacy. Come join us!
About your Instructor, Jeff Plowman:
Once upon a time I was an attorney. Now, retired, I call myself a “recovering” attorney. Before I was an attorney I majored in English literature, a degree that has become an endangered species in our modern, technological world. I loved it at the time: the study of literature—fiction (novels and short stories) especially. I love it still. Thus, “recovering” as I am, I returned to an active study of literature through the class I lead at ELM.