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. Recent conferences have been held in Savannah, GA; Greenville, SC; and Paris, France.
The 2013 meeting “Wolfe and the West” will be in Boise, Idaho on May 24-25. For this, our 35th annual meeting, the TWS invites papers that explore Wolfe’s connection to the West, although proposals are welcome on any theme related to Thomas Wolfe and his work. We are especially interested in ecocritical approaches to Wolfe, as well as considerations of his experience of nature tourism, auto tourism, and our national parks. Other topics might include treatments of Wolfe and Western writers or other writers who had ties to the American West, considerations of Wolfe and literary regionalism, and, more generally, how Wolfe’s experience of the West compares with his life in the South and the Northeast.
Please send 250-word paper proposals by Jan. 10, 2013 to: firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: WOLFE PROPOSAL) or Dr. George Hovis, Dept. of English, 322 Netzer Admin. Bldg., SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY 13820.
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 email@example.com.
We did go home again! On May 18-19, 2012 the TWS returned to the land of Wolfe’s birth, Asheville, NC, on the 75th anniversary of Wolfe’s return to his homeplace. View the program.
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.
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 TWS President Paula Eckard.
“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