Dear Thomas Wolfe Society Members and Friends,

I hope many of you are planning to attend the 2015 conference in Albany and that some of you are planning to propose papers to deliver.

Please remember that proposals are due to Mark Canada by January 17. Please see details of the call for papers in the text below.

Also, if you are interested in booking your hotel accommodations in advance, I have listed that information below.

Please note that if you plan to join us for the Sunday bus trip to Hyde Park, you may wish to reserve a room for Sunday night, as well.

Happy New Year!
George Hovis, TWS President



Albany, NY, MAY 22-24, 2015

“Wolfe’s America, from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression”

Call for Papers

This year’s conference–located in the capital of “the Empire State”–will explore Wolfe’s contributions to our understanding of America and its development, especially during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The conference will culminate (on Sunday) with a trip to the Hudson River Valley and to the Vanderbilt Mansion and FDR home and museum in Hyde Park, a tour that tells the story of America’s economic development and collapse during this same period, a narrative that informs much of Wolfe’s fiction.

During his own sojourns along the Hudson River Valley, and especially during his visits with the family of Olin Dows, Wolfe confronted a wealthy elite that provoked in him a sustained interrogation of social class in America. This experience of “river people” also contributed to his better understanding of class in his own family and region–and, indeed, abroad.

For its 37th annual conference, in Albany, New York, the Thomas Wolfe Society invites papers related to Wolfe’s explorations of America–although proposals are welcome on any theme related to Thomas Wolfe and his work. We are especially interested in papers that engage issues of social class, economics, the Hudson River Valley (its people and places in Wolfe’s fiction), the American landscape or the American psyche or papers that explore Wolfe’s work within some branch of the American literary tradition.


Please send 250-word paper proposals by January 17, 2015 to:


Please include in the subject heading WOLFE PROPOSAL.


Reservations at the Albany Hilton must be made before April 18, 2015, in order to receive the special room rate of $140 per night. Furthermore, a limited number of rooms at this conference rate are available, so please make your reservation as soon as possible by contacting the Albany Hilton at 866-691-1183 and providing our Group Code 4TWS.