Some of our material eludes fit into our Oregon Originals category, because it is more general in nature, such as Oregon dance history, or profiles a phenomenon such as Basalt that underpins the region's creative realm. It opens with an overview of regional literary history in the early 20th century. We're eager to hear your suggestions for this material, along with proposals for profiles you might provide or programs you are interested in presenting through OCHC. Let us know when you spot mistakes or can provide valuable information. Please use the Join/Suggestions category under Contact OCHC to fill us in.
This talk, the keynote delivered to the annual Thomas Wolfe Society meeting in Portland May 25, 2002, is an overview of regional literary history in the early 20th century. The fabulous writer Tom Wolfe from North Carolina and Brooklyn came to Oregon in 1938 in part to recuperate from the effort of writing the 1.2 million words that emerged in his posthumously published novels, The Web and the Rock and You Can't Go Home Again.
It's information that perhaps would have proven invaluable to Tom Wolfe had he prolonged his visit, instead of up and dying on us. We trust it'll help you in your own visit to our region's 20th century literature.