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Thomas Wolfe Thomas Clayton Wolfe is one of the greatest writers of the 20th-century Wolfe was born on October 3 1900 at 92 Woodfin Street Asheville North Carolina His parents are William Oliver Wolfe and Julia E Westall Julia Wolfe was an enterprising and resourceful woman who worked hard to improve her familys economic position She was a successful real estate speculator She accepted boarders at the Woodfin Street house and wheeled and dealed in the real estate market of the growing resort town William Oliver Wolfe was a tombstone maker with a great vigor for living and a constant need to hurl himself against the prison bars of his dreary provincial life While he provided well for his large family he delighted in all the robust sensual aspects of life He drank heavily and when in this state often verbally stormed at his family with great torrents of rhetoric and much quoting from Shakespeare Wolfe portrays both of his parents with great spirit and good humored satire In 1917 Wolfe began to publish He wrote stories and poems for the college magazine and in 1918 joined the newly organized Carolina Playmakers Frederick H Kochs course in playwriting Wolfe graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1916 and set his sights on graduate study at Harvard Urged to attend Harvard by Frederich Koch Wolfe was convinced his dream of becoming a dramatist would be realized at Harvard He entered the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in September 1920 and for three years enrolled in the same playwriting course with Professor Baker By late 1923 Wolfe had served his apprenticeship under Baker and while waiting for a professional production on Broadway was hired to teach at the Washington Square branch of New York University Although a dedicated instructor Wolfe accomplished little creative work while teaching Convinced that traveling in Europe and absorbing its culture was necessary for his training as
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