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March 8, 2013

Wolfe, Perkins, Time and the River

Thomas Wolfe   (1900 - 1938)

Thomas Wolfe
(1900 – 1938)

On this day in 1935 Thomas Wolfe’s Of Time and the River was published. Wolfe would die three-and-a-half years later, at the age of thirty-seven; this was the last of his novels published in his lifetime. The legendary story of how his million-word, “Leviathan” manuscript was wrestled into shape is funny, poignant and full justification for editor Maxwell Perkins’ initial feeling “that Wolfe was a turbulent spirit, and that we were in for turbulence.”

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