Tom, A Beloved American Author

Tom, A Beloved American Author

Beloved Author Thomas Clayton Wolfe Claimed by Death 75 Years ago on Sept. 14, 1938

Second Saturday Program at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial

In memoriam of the 75th anniversary of the passing of Thomas Wolfe, a reception will be held Saturday, September 14, 2013, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site followed by a viewing of his childhood home.

Thomas Clayton Wolfe, age 37, resident of New York City died 5:30 a.m. September 15, 1938 at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland from an acute cerebral infection.

He had suffered a protracted illness related to complications from a severe case of pneumonia contracted at Seattle, Washington in July.

Thomas Wolfe was born October 3, 1900 in Asheville, North Carolina to William Oliver Wolfe and Julia Elizabeth Westall Wolfe. He attended the Orange Street School and the North State Fitting School in Asheville in preparation for college. Then completed four years at the University of North Carolina and subsequently earned a Masters Degree from Harvard University. He taught English for several years at New York University and committed himself to his dream of a career as a professional writer.

He received instant recognition with the publication of his first novel Look Homeward, Angel in October 1929. As an author of several well-known books and short stories he is recognized today as a giant in American literature.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Committee, 52 N. Market Street, Asheville, NC28801.

“To lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home…”
Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again.
A Beloved American Author

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