Wolfe's First Novel in the First State Dust JacketThomas Wolfe. Look Homeward, Angel. A Story of a Buried Life. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929.
First edition in the first state dust jacket with the Doris Ulmann photograph of the author on the rear panel. Octavo. 626 pages.
Publisher's dark blue cloth with gilt spine titles. Original $2.50 dust jacket. Housed in a custom white cloth solander box with a blue leather spine label lettered in silver. Moderate wear to the edges. Bottom corners bumped. Light spotting to small area on the rear board. Dust jacket exhibits the usual toning and minor foxing, some loss along the edges, with tape reinforcements to the verso of the spine ends and flap fold ends. A four-inch light surface abrasion to the verso of the rear panel does not affect the recto of the rear panel. Overall, a very good copy of Wolfe's first novel in a somewhat timeworn dust jacket.
Look Homeward, Angel was edited by Scribner's legendary Maxwell Perkins and released to almost universal critical acclaim. Wolfe's autobiographical romance of his Asheville, North Carolina roots drew praise from readers and critics alike for its powerful prose and stream-of-consciousness style at a time when the latter was gaining popularity through the works of William Faulkner and others.
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