About the TWS

The Thomas Wolfe Society (TWS) was established in 1979 to promote appreciation and study of the works of this famous American author. Members meet annually in May at locations in the U.S. or Europe visited by Wolfe or familiar to him. Recent conferences have been held in Charlotte, NC; Indianapolis, IN; Savannah, GA; Greenville, SC; and Paris, France.

The 2019 meeting “Thomas Wolfe and History” will be in Gettysburg, PA on May 24-25. For this, our 41st annual meeting, the TWS looks forward to proposals on any aspect of Wolfe’s writing on the past and its influence, or on the struggles of individuals to contend with events and forces that shape their times and lives. Wolfe’s consciousness was formed by Western philosophical and religious thought and by the English language and the literature it spawned. He was aware of the overshadowing of the present by the past and of the need to understand the history of one’s forebears–and of those of others. Wolfe’s world view was additionally affected by impressions of the conquest of this continent, by the founding of a new kind of nation and its tearing apart in civil strife, by waves of immigration and the rise of large cities, by the evolution of capitalism, and resulting social disparities, by the sufferings of the Great Depression, by hatred and prejudice in its several forms, by the abomination of slavery. The clash between attachment to Germany as ancestral land and impressions of WWI, the rise of Nazism, and the lead-up to WWII that affected Wolfe’s understanding of his world and his delineation of the nature and destiny of the characters he created.

Please send 250-word (email attachment) proposals by Jan. 7, 2019 to: arzahlan@eiu.edu.

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in colleges and universities worldwide may apply for a Thomas Wolfe Travel Grant in Honor of Richard S. Kennedy, which carries a cash award of $300. Contact: rlgodwin@barton.edu.

The Society issues an annual publication of Wolfe-related materials, as well as its signature journal, The Thomas Wolfe Review, featuring scholarly articles and features.

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This drawing of Wolfe is one of several issued to periodicals by Charles Scribner's Sons for use in composing advertisements for Wolfe's books. Original is part of the Aldo P. Magi Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This drawing of Wolfe is one of several issued to periodicals by Charles Scribner’s Sons for use in composing advertisements for Wolfe’s books. Original is part of the Aldo P. Magi Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

To lose yourself in the beauty of language, to be truly moved by the written word, read Thomas Wolfe:
· Look Homeward, Angel (1929)
· Of Time and the River (1935)
· From Death to Morning (1935)
· The Story of a Novel (1936)
· The Web and the Rock (1939)
· You Can’t Go Home Again (1940)
· The Hills Beyond (1941)
· The Letters of Thomas Wolfe (1956)
· The Short Novels of Thomas Wolfe (1961)
· The Letters of Thomas Wolfe to His Mother (1968)
· The Complete Short Stories of Thomas Wolfe (1987)
· The Good Child’s River (1991)
· The Lost Boy (1992)
· The Party at Jack’s (1995)
· O Lost (2000)

Questions about the TWS? Contact the TWS President Rebecca Godwin: rlgodwin@barton.edu.

“Remembering speechlessly, we seek the great forgotten language, the lost lane-end into heaven, a stone, a leaf, an unfound door. . . . O lost, and by the wind grieved, ghost, come back again.”
Look Homeward, Angel