Thomas Wolfe

Born Oct 3, 1900

Thomas Clayton Wolfe was a major American novelist of the early 20th century. Wolfe wrote four lengthy novels, plus many short stories, dramatic works and novellas. He is known for mixing highly original, poetic, rhapsodic, and impressionistic prose with autobiographical writing.… Read More

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1900 Birth Born on October 3, 1900.
1906 5 Years Old In 1906 Julia Wolfe bought a boarding house named "Old Kentucky Home" at nearby 48 Spruce Street in Asheville, taking up residence there with her youngest son while the rest of the family remained at the Woodfin Street residence.


1916 15 Years Old Wolfe lived in the boarding house on Spruce Street until he went to college in 1916. … Read More
1919 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Aspiring to be a playwright, in 1919 Wolfe enrolled in a playwriting course. … Read More
1920 19 Years Old Wolfe graduated from UNC with a B.A. in June 1920. … Read More


1921 20 Years Old Two versions of his play The Mountains were performed by Baker's 47 Workshop in 1921.
1922 21 Years Old In 1922, Wolfe received his master's degree from Harvard. … Read More
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Wolfe continued to study for another year with Baker in the 47 Workshop, which produced his ten-scene play Welcome to Our City in May 1923.
1924 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 1924, he began teaching English as an instructor at New York University (NYU), a position he occupied periodically for almost seven years. … Read More
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On his return voyage in 1925, he met Aline Bernstein (1882–1955), a scene designer for the Theatre Guild. … Read More
1926 25 Years Old Wolfe returned to Europe in the summer of 1926 and began writing the first version of an autobiographical novel entitled O Lost. … Read More


1934 33 Years Old …  In 1934, Maxim Lieber served as his literary agent. … Read More
1936 35 Years Old Wolfe spent much time in Europe and was especially popular and at ease in Germany, where he made many friends. However, in 1936 he witnessed incidents of discrimination against the Jews, which upset him and changed his mind about the political developments in the country. … Read More
1937 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1937, Chickamauga, his short story set during the US Civil War battle of the same name, was published.
1938 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1938, after submitting over one million words of manuscript to his new editor, Edward Aswell, Wolfe left New York for a tour of the West. … Read More
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