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THOMAS WOLFE AT WASHINGTON SQUARE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This small book covers much the same period as the letters (see report above) through a section of Memorabilia at the end extends the prior to his death. The pith of this material is in the comments of students and fellow teachers on Wolfe's conduct as a teacher. Most of the contributors seem to feel that he lectured in a bursting, bumbling and tumultuous manner. While one of his colleagues wryly remarks that his teaching seems to have been a ""soapbox affair"". Students now regret that they didn't take up his offer to purchase Look Homeward. Angel and let him inscribe it as he suggested he do. At the time it didn't seem important. It is doubtful whether much is uncovered in this volume that is not available elsewhere, but it does highlight facets of Wolfe's living which might be superficially mentioned elsewhere. Specially, there is found date on his alleged anti-semitism, and his savage attacks on the University and its ""weary and hate-laden air"". The authors' view is all forgiving and both feel that Wolfe has no malicious intent.

Publisher: N. Y. U. Press