Look Homeward, Angel
Idolised by Jack Kerouac, and influential to Ray Bradbury and Philip Roth, Thomas Wolfe once had a reputation rivalling Hemingway and Fitzgerald.
Look Homeward, Angel, is his thinly disguised autobiography based on his early years in Asheville, North Carolina. His strength of characterisation and command of rhetoric instantly made an impression on contemporaries. Critically successful, with Look Homeward, Angel, Wolfe was somewhat received as a genius in the making.