Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Genius and Thomas Wolfe

Have you seen the new movie "Genius" starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, and Nicole Kidman? It is about the relationship the famous Southern writer, Thomas Wolfe, had with his editor, Maxwell Perkins, and his lover, Aline. I'm excited about seeing it tonight.  Would you like to learn more about Wolfe's writing style and his relationship with Aline Bernstein, the character Nicole plays in the movie?  If you would, please checkout this literary essay I wrote after I received my Master's Degree in English and went to a Thomas Wolfe festival in 1991. While I was there, I had the good fortune to run into his nephew, who was the only living relative who actually knew him.

Nags, Sluts, and a Deep-Breasted Soulmate from the Shining City:
The Women in Thomas Wolfe's The Web and The Rock
Only 99 cents

I’ve always been a sucker for a good love story and was pleased to discover the best one in American Literature, in my humble opinion, in Wolfe’s long novel, The Web and The Rock. In that thinly-veiled self-portrait, Wolfe loves and captures the spirit of Aline Bernstein. In his extravagant rhetoric, he immortalizes her in his fictional character, Esther Jack. Written in the 1930’s, it shows a remarkable admiration for an independent woman, and in this respect, Wolfe was ahead of his time. The fact that Aline won a Tony award for Best Costume Design, makes the story of her relationship with Wolfe even more fascinating. This eBook also includes photographs.

Only 99 cents and available at Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.

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