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The Magical Campus: University of North Carolina Writings, 1917-1920

The Magical Campus: University of North Carolina Writings, 1917-1920 (Hardback)

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This is a collection of Wolfe's earliest publications from his college years.The "Magical Campus" collects for the first time Thomas Wolfe's earliest published works - including poems, plays, short fiction, news articles, speeches, and essays - both signed and unsigned, assembled in chronological order. The collegiate career of Wolfe began at UNC Chapel Hill in 1916, at the age of fifteen, with a freshman year marked by obscurity and loneliness. By his junior year, he had emerged as a recognized and popular figure in campus life, a central participant in numerous organizations and fraternities, and the editor of several student publications. Wolfe began in these apprenticeship years his ascendancy to iconic literary status.Included in "The Magical Campus" is Wolfe's first published work, the poem "A Field in Flanders" from the November 1917 issue of the University of North Carolina Magazine. Here too is the poem "The Challenge," Wolfe's first piece to be subsequently reprinted off campus in his hometown newspaper.

"A Cullenden of Virginia" marked his inaugural foray into the realm of published fiction and his folk plays, such as "The Return of Buck Gavin" and "Deferred Payment," are illustrative of his unrealized ambitions to be a playwright. Though they lack the sophistication and scale of the grand fictions that now define Wolfe's place in literature, his student publications speak to the potential he had tapped into.

Essays & WritingEssays & Journalism Publisher: University of South Carolina Press Publication Date: 06/05/2008 ISBN-13: 9781570037344  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Matthew J. Bruccoli is the Emily Brown Jefferies Professor Emeritus of English at the University of South Carolina and the leading authority on the House of Scribner and its authors. He is the author or editor of nearly seventy books, including The Sons of Maxwell Perkins: Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and Their Editor. Aldo P. Magi is an editor emeritus of the Thomas Wolfe Review.

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