Look Homeward, Angel



  • A Pulitzer Prize-winning adaptation of Thomas Wolfe's novelby Ketti Frings, first produced in New York in 1957. The story concernsEliza Gant, the proprietor of the Dixieland Boarding house, and herfamily, who are dependent on her business acumen and cowed by herauthority. Eliza's husband, a stonemason, is saving a beautiful carvingof an angel for his own headstone (hence the title, a line from Milton'sLycidas). Although Ben, her consumptive son, helps to supportthe family, his younger brother, Eugene, remains dependent and suffersfrom his lack of education. After Ben dies, Eliza offers to pay forEugene's education, and he seizes this chance of independence.