New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First Edition. A Fine copy of the book in a very Nearly Fine dust jacket. Jacket with minor cracking at the lower front flap fold and a bit of rubbing at the spine ends. Completely unrestored or repaired and in exceptional condition for this title. Housed in a full red morocco slipcase. From the collection of Richard Manney.
When Look Homeward Angel was first released, a contemporary New York Times review hailed it as "interesting and powerful a book as has ever been made out of the drab circumstances of provincial American life...Mr. Wolfe's style is sprawling, fecund, subtly rhythmic and amazingly vital" (Wallace). Focusing on the making of a literary genius, Look Homeward follows Eugene Gant as he moves from the smalltown South, through university life, and into his emergence as an artist. Critics continue to praise Wolfe's early work: "Here at last was a novelist with the sheer lung to take on the American experience" (Smith). An exceptional copy of Wolfe's first novel, which drew on his own youth to depict a writer's journey through the provincial South and into the cosmopolitan world. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #2295)