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Lecture on Thomas Wolfe brings cross-council collaboration

May 9, 2013 | By Federal/State Partnership Staff

Cross-country collaboration brings the state humanities councils in Idaho and North Carolina together to help celebrate the work of Thomas Wolfe.

On Friday, May 24th, the Idaho Humanities Council and the North Carolina Humanities Council will help co-sponsor a lecture by acclaimed author Robert Morgan as part of the Thomas Wolfe Society’s 35th Annual Conference. Morgan will present his free lecture, “From the Blue Ridge to the Rocky Mountains: Thomas Wolfe and the American West,” at the Idaho State Capitol Building in Boise, ID.

Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938), the North Carolina-born author of novels such as Look Homeward, Angel and the posthumously published You Can’t Go Home Again, is considered one of the major American novelists of the early twentieth century. His untimely death at age 37 was brought on in part by an exhausting two-week car trip across the American West, beginning in Oregon and crossing eleven national parks and 4,500 miles of highway. From this whirlwind tour Wolfe would produce his last piece of writing, A Western Journal.

In his lecture, Robert Morgan will discuss the geography of Wolfe’s life and interests and his early ambition to escape the confines of Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Toward the end of his life, Wolfe became a passionate traveler and student of the American West. Robert Morgan, a North Carolina author born just south of Thomas Wolfe’s Asheville in Hendersonville, NC, has published numerous works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Like Wolfe, Morgan’s gaze has frequently been drawn toward the West. 

Robert Morgan’s lecture is part of the Thomas Wolfe Society’s 35th Annual Conference, “Wolfe and the West,” May 24-25, 2013 in Boise, Idaho. The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Idaho State Capitol Senate Auditorium and is free and open to the public thanks to the Idaho Humanities Council, the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Thomas Wolfe Society, and Boise State University’s Hemingway Western Studies Center.  

For more information about Robert Morgan and the Thomas Wolfe Conference, please visit the Thomas Wolfe Society’s website.