26 November 2009

Hendersonville, North Carolina: Thomas Wolfe: Literary Landmarks of the Southern United States, #18

I wasn't even aware of this street marker – or the existence of the angel, for that matter – until I noticed it on a map of Hendersonville that the hotel receptionist had given Penny. But here it is: 'Wolfe's Angel. Marble statue from the Asheville shop of W. O. Wolfe. Inspired title of son Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel. Stands 150 feet south.'

And here it is. The story goes that Thomas Wolfe saw it in his father's shop one day, and was so impressed with it that he took it for part of his title, and it then became part of literary history.

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