“I have to see a thing a thousand times before I see it once.”
– From Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
Since being published in the first half of the twentieth century, the titles of Thomas Wolfe’s novels Look Homeward, Angel and You Can’t Go Home Again have appeared thousands of times in all things Wolfe-related. The two iconic phrases, however, appear a surprising number of times in ways having nothing to do with Thomas Wolfe or his writings. They are found in cartoons, newspaper headlines, advertisements, magazine covers, children’s toys, etc. Below are a few examples from the Aldo P. Magi Collection on Thomas Wolfe of how Wolfe’s words have been used over the past 100 years. And while you’re browsing, consider joining lovers of all things Wolfe when they gather for the 36th annual meeting of the Thomas Wolfe Society in Chapel Hill on Friday.
“Look Homeward, Lassie,” View-Master reels, 1965
You Can’t Blow Home Again by Herb Payson, New York: Hearst Books/William Morrow and Company, 1984
“Look Homeward Angels,” Charlie’s Angels 10th Anniversary, People, 20 October 1986
“Look homeward, Angelenos,” The Herald Sun, 30 January 1994
“Sometimes, you can go home again.” Providence, aired on NBC, 1999-2002