- Hardcover: 736 pages
- Publisher: University of South Carolina Press; Centenary ed edition (October 2, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1570033692
- ISBN-13: 978-1570033698
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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O Lost: A Story of the Buried Life Hardcover – October 2, 2000
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For the lover of "Look Homeward, Angel," the tired phrase "essential reading" is an understatement. There is magnificent new material here (this version is 66,000 words longer than LHA). For me, the most notable appears at the beginning--a long section detailing the early life of W.O. Gant, lovingly rendered, heartbreakingly real, writing so vivid that it must be admitted that Perkins made a terrible mistake in cutting it; it is as good as anything Thomas Wolfe ever wrote. Too, the famous kaleidoscopic scene in which we see dozens of Altamont residents waking one morning in 1908 as newspapers are delivered is here much longer, much more inclusive, with far more wonderful character sketches--writing so pure that it seems to capture for all time what a certain time and place was.
Now, in all fairness, it must be admitted that some of the new material is substandard.Read more ›
Yes, some of the previously edited portions give credence to the need for the Editor's role in shaping a novel. But being able to slowly drift along with Wolfe's imagery and imagination, his acute visualization of life and death, fear and orgasm, rage and gullability...this original piece gives so much back to the reader that finishing the book is painful.
In a time when most novels hover around the 300 page mark it is a complete joy to meander through a tome of nearly 800 pages that takes concentration, patience, and a lot of time to consume. But the journey is overwhelmingly justified. Do your mind - and your heart - a favor: read "O Lost" next.
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Truly a work of "genius"--a film by that title is supposed to be in production at this moment, starring Jude Law as the author, in the process of publishing this seminal... Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Sean
the unedited version of Look Homeward Angel, showed Thomas Wolfe unedited still of writingPublished 2 months ago by Burt Lee Thompson
I'm on a Wolfe binge, and this original manuscript is SO great! I'm having the same thrill I had reading Kerouac's original On The Road... Read morePublished 15 months ago by A. Maguire
I have loved every one of Wolfe's novels. This was very good.Published 16 months ago by Frank Thomas
Very great as is all of Wolfe's writings. Great to compare to "Angel"Published 22 months ago by William T. Addis
It is a brilliant novel presented in an attractive, solidly bound edition. It was priced reasonably, exactly in described condition and shipped promptly. Who could ask for more?!Published on December 2, 2013 by Yolanda Smith
O Lost is Thomas Wolfe's original version of his masterpiece Look Homeward Angel. I'd read the original novel and loved it, but this version is pure redemption, bringing justice to... Read morePublished on March 24, 2011 by joker5974
What do we want to read: the author's achievement or the author's and editor's achievement. I read this 50 years ago in the latter form and look forward to the former. Read morePublished on December 24, 2010 by Samuel J. Mcnaughton
I am so glad this book was written in fullness. I am a distant relative of Thomas Wolfe, and I know this means so much to Thomas Wolfe fans and others who love him.Published on May 27, 2008 by Pamela W. Williams