October 3 ~  Unity That Binds To Loot My Life Clean

"The unity that binds us all together, that makes this earth a family, and all men brothers and the sons of God, is love." ~ Thomas Wolfe

Thomas Wolfe Writer Thomas Clayton Wolfe (1900-1938), born on this day in Asheville, North Carolina, was best known for his haunting fictionalized autobiography, Look Homeward, Angel (1929), which explored and explained the "strange and bitter magic of life."

This powerful small town recollection, written with uninhibited emotion, inspired such novelists as Norman Mailer and Jack Kerouac.

"I don't know yet what I am capable of doing," wrote Thomas Wolfe to his mother, "but, by God, I have genius -- I know it too well to blush behind it."

His novel exposed hypocrisy and caused a controversy at home. "Most of the time we think we're sick, it's all in the mind," observed the 6'3" Wolfe who wrote with passion and rhetoric and believed in the greatness of America and heroism of its people.

"There are some people who have the quality of richness and joy in them and they communicate it to everything they touch," he once wrote. "It is first of all a physical quality; then it is a quality of the spirit."

With creative curiosity, Wolfe wandered through New York and Europe. His expansive writing celebrated vision and truth. With success as a novelist came his melancholy (and often quoted) revelation that "you can't go home again."

"I think the true discovery of America is before us," he said. "I think the true fulfillment of our spirit, of our people, of our mighty and immortal land, is yet to come."

Thomas WolfeThe power of love binds us together.