The Paperboy Turned Novelist: Thomas Wolfe and Journalism

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Dr.. Mark Canada, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
Web Site: http://www.uncp.edu/academics/library

Abstract: After dabbling in journalism as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Thomas Wolfe became one of America's best-known novelists. As a writer of fiction, Wolfe critiqued journalism in both his novel Look Homeward, Angel and a sketch called "Gentlemen of the Press." Taking aim at what he perceived as "complacence" and "servility," Wolfe depicted journalism as fatally flawed in the pursuit of truth. In doing so, he not only showed why he took his writing in the direction he did, but also commented on the intimate, yet stormy relationship that has existed between American journalism and American literature over the course of their histories.

Additional Information

Publication
The Thomas Wolfe Review
Language: English
Date: 2003
Keywords
Thomas Wolfe, American literature, novel, fiction, Look Homeward, Angel, "Gentlemen of the Press", newspaper, journalism, University of North Carolina