An edition of "Welcome to our city, a play by Thomas Wolfe

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Phyllis L. Huffman (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Charles E. Davis

Abstract: This study presents an edition of "Welcome to Our City," a play written by Thomas Wolfe between 1922 and 1924. In addition to the text of the play, the dissertation includes an introduction and notes to each of the ten scenes. The text of this edition follows chiefly that of "Welcome to Our City," a typescript dated 1925 that was among the papers of Thomas Wolfe presented to the Harvard University Library by William B. Wisdom. Notations compare the final text to the script of the original play "Niggertown." The introduction demonstrates that though the play reveals most of the weaknesses of Thomas Wolfe's writing and few of its strengths, the play is important to a comprehensive study of the author's fiction. In "Welcome to Our City" Wolfe for the first time represented characters and situations of his home town, Asheville, North Carolina. This "Altamont" became the backdrop for his story of Eugene Gant. In addition, the play reveals the germinal stages of most of the ideas and themes which Wolfe later incorporated in his novels.

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Language: English
Date: 1979
Wolfe, Thomas, $d 1900-1938. $t Welcome to our city
Wolfe, Thomas, $d 1900-1938 $x Criticism and interpretation
Wolfe, Thomas, $d 1900-1938 $x Political and social views

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