Of Time and the Artist

May 1996
2 black and white illustrations
234 pages
22.8x15.2 in
Studies in English and American Literature and Culture
ISBN: 9781571130679
Format: Hardback
Camden House

Of Time and the Artist

Thomas Wolfe, His Novels, and the Critics

Carol Ingalls Johnston

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Investigation of the complex relationship between Thomas Wolfe and his critics, showing the effect of criticism on his career.
This volume takes as its starting point Thomas Wolfe's comment in his 1936 manifesto, The Story of a Novel, that 'there is no such thing as an artistic vacuum', arguing that literature is as much the product of the community in which it evolves as of any individual's experience. In particular, it explores the troubled dialogue between Wolfe and his critics: Wolfe's energies were pitted against the fashionable critical theorists of the 1920s and 1930s, and as a result, the critical debate during those years was particularly bitter, as Wolfe sought to maintain his literary reputation, often using his fiction as a means of responding to them. Johnston describes the depressions that Wolfe endured after bad reviews; his response to his critics both in his correspondence and in his fiction; his relationship with his publishers and his critics, and their relationship with him. Her study, which includes material not readily available elsewhere, reveals the nature not only of Wolfe's professional career but of the literary marketplace in America during and after the 1920s.


"Agreeing with Wolfe that art is produced as much by the social and critical community as by individuals, Johnston also provides a lively picture of literary America in the 1920s and 1930s" REFERENCE AND RESEARCH BOOK NEWS

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