11 October 2002
WOLFE, Thomas (1900-38). Look Homeward, Angel. A Story of the Buried Life. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929.
8o. Original blue cloth; printed dust jacket, with Wolfe's photo on the rear panel (small tear at head of front panel, slightest edgewear, otherwise a fine example). Provenance: Scott Cunningham (presentation inscription [first word lightly smudged]; bookplate).
FIRST EDITION OF WOLFE'S FIRST AND GREATEST BOOK, first state jacket with Wolfe's photo by Doris Ulmann on rear panel. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY WOLFE TO SCOTT CUNNINGHAM on the front free endpaper: "For Scott Cunningham with my best wishes; and with thanks for liking this book. Thomas Wolfe March 27, 1930."
Look Homeward, Angel is the first of Wolfe's four thinly disguised autobiographical novels of life near Asheville, North Carolina. No one denied the greatness of Wolfe's controversial first book, including Sinclair Lewis, who in his Nobel Prize speech the following year named Wolfe among the most promising of the younger generation of writers. Wolfe died prematurely of tuberculosis of the brain at the age of 38. Johnson A2. A VERY FINE COPY.
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