HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 23, 2015 – High Point University has installed a sculpture of Thomas Wolfe, considered to be North Carolina’s most famous writer, on its campus.
The sculpture joins 22 other historical sculptures that surround students with thought leaders who inspired the world and accomplished great things during their lives. They include Sir Isaac Newton, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington, Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa.
One of the major American writers of the early 20th century, Wolfe (1900-1938) authored four novels along with many plays and short stories. He grew up in Asheville and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard University. His most popular novel, “Look Homeward, Angel,” is an autobiographical piece including characters and happenings related to his time growing up in Asheville. Additional works, including “The Web and the Rock” and “You Can’t Go Home Again,” were published posthumously from a manuscript of nearly a million words left at the time of his death.
“Thomas Wolfe was North Carolina’s most famous and influential novelist,” says Dr. Matthew Schneider, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Maxwell Perkins, the literary editor at Scribner’s who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, said that Wolfe was the greatest writer he’d ever worked with. Though his life was cut tragically short, Wolfe left a substantial literary legacy. His first and best novel, ‘Look Homeward, Angel,’ is still enjoyed today for its vivid characters and stylistic innovations. This statue will stand as an emblem for the HPU community of the extraordinary power of the imagination, and of the generosity of writers like Thomas Wolfe, who employ their creativity to enrich our lives.”