Books: The Last Look Around

A WESTERN JOURNAL (72 pp.)—Thomas Wolfe—University of Pittsburgh ($3).

Thomas Wolfe was only 37 when he died, but there had been nothing small-scale or quiet about the life he left behind. His 6 ft. 5½, 240 Ib. frame required massive feedings and guzzlings, and his stormy, undisciplined manuscripts were big enough to fill a crate. A natural wanderer, he was always on the prowl, and the area that fascinated him most was his own U.S.A.

In the spring of 1938, just after he had delivered 1,200,000 words of manuscript* to his publisher, Wolfe headed for...

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