This is an old blog that I started in 2006. I keep it because it has a lot of historical data and people still come here. As of September 2016, no new updates will be made here. All new blog posts and writing/publishing related news will be posted over on my new site at www.jenniferhudsontaylor.net.

Path of Freedom, Quilts of Love series

1858 North Carolina - When Quakers Flora Saferight and Bruce Millikan embark on the Underground Railroad, they agree to put their differences aside to save the lives of a pregnant slave couple..

Highland Sanctuary, (Highland series - Book 2)

1477 Scotland - A chieftain heir is hired to restore Briagh Castle and discovers a hidden village of outcasts who have created their own private sanctuary from the world.

Highland Blessings, (Book 1 - Highland series)

1473 Scotland - The story of a highland warrior who kidnaps the daughter of his greatest enemy and clan chief to honor a promise to his dying father.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Home of Author Thomas Wolfe

Thomas Wolfe was one of the great American classic writers of all times, a novelist who perfected the ability of combining impressionistic prose with autobiographical fiction. While he is considered to be North Carolina's most famous writer, I like to remind people that O. Henry (William Sidney Porter) was just as famous and born in Greensboro, North Carolina, a generation earlier.

Thomas Wolfe House, Asheville, NC
Born in Asheville, NC in 1900, Wolfe only lived to be 37 before he perished of tuberculosis of the brain. During his short life, Wolfe wrote four novels, many short stories and several novellas. When he was 15, Wolfe studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated five years later with a B.A. and later graduated from Harvard University with a masters degree.

While he also wrote a few plays, Wolfe was unable to sell them due to their extreme length. His writing was more appropriate to the length of novels. He traveled to New York where he tried to sell some of his plays to Broadway and later settled on a position teaching English at New York University. He traveled abroad to Europe, where he continued writing on his journeys through England, France, Italy and Switzerland.

Wolfe wrote an autobiographical novel entitled O. Lost. It was based on his hometown of Asheville, although he changed the town's name to Altamont. Several of the characters were loosely based on true-life people, including family, friends and boarders who lived at his mother's boarding house. Even though he changed their names in the book, many of the people did not appreciate how they were portrayed in the novel when it was released in its final version as Look Homeward, Angel. The novel caused an uproar in Asheville, and as a result, Wolfe chose to stay away from his hometown for the next eight years.

Once Wolfe's second novel was published as The October Fair, the people of Asheville were upset that they were not included, an ironic twist after their reaction from his portrayal of them in his first book. After Wolfe passed away, two more books were discovered among his written works. They were edited and published after his death.