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“Look Homeward Angel”

Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Ranked #12 of 190 things to do in Asheville
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Owner description: Thomas Wolfe's childhood home, immortalized in his 1929 novel, "Look Homeward Angel," is preserved intact as a lasting monument to one of the 20th century's most prominent writers. The house, originally operated as a boardinghouse by his mother, retains most of its original furnishings and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. Tours of the 29 room house are offered hourly. The adjacent visitor center and museum highlight Wolfe's life and major literary accomplishments.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Look Homeward Angel”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Thomas Wolfe's novel was not an easy read but I was determined to have some literary "link' with the Asheville area before we visited in November 2012. I was delighted to visit the family home and experience each room. My husband had not read the book but he found the introductory video and our excellent young guide's commentary on each room and life in Asheville at the time very interesting. We were thrilled to have included this visit in our itinerary. We also located the well sign posted Angel monument in the cemetery at Hendersonville on our return trip from the Smoky Mountains NP to Raleigh

Visited November 2012
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North Carolina, USA
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Literature lovers and historians will both love it”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Thomas Wolfe was not just a writer, he was an institution. His home is well worth seeing. We nearly lost it several years ago. thank goodness the people of Asheville love their history ad and want to persevere it for others to see.

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Marietta, GA
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60 reviews
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“Best value in Asheville”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Great historical visit, very inexpensive entrance fee with excellent guides. Everyone in the family has been and enjoyed by all

Visited October 2012
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Racine, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
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“Fascinating look into Great Novelist”
Reviewed December 22, 2012

Thomas Wolfe is one of the great unappreciated American novelists. His writing is like chocolate cake for the mind -- vivid, rich descriptions with beautiful language. Visiting the home where he grew up gives great insight into what formed him as a writer, and gives one a special appreciation of Look Homeward, Angel, which is based on his childhood in this very home.
The tour guides here are excellent. They are extremely well informed, and give a great presentation about Wolfe and the house.
If you are visiting Asheville, I recommend reading Look Homeward Angel, which gives a great feel for the city (even if it was 100 years ago) and visiting the memorial to pay homage to one of America's great literary talents.
The house is part of the trolley tours which go through the city, and if you are part of the trolley tour, admission is free,

Visited August 2012
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Boston
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14 reviews
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“Understanding a brilliant writer”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

This is an experience that is both interesting and inexpensive. We took the White Trollet Tour of the city and the ticket includes free entrance to the Wolfe house/museum. Even without the free entrance ticket, admission is a minimal cost. Well worth a stop.

Visited December 2012
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