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Wolfe’s boyhood home reopening to the public

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Thomas Wolfe's boyhood home in Asheville, N.C., will reopen to the public this weekend, nearly six years after a fire gutted the rambling boarding house.

Wolfe, born in Asheville in 1900, became one of America's most famous writers with the 1929 publication of his autobiographical novel, "Look Homeward, Angel," a thinly veiled depiction of Asheville and its residents. He also wrote of his mother's boarding house, called Dixieland, in the book.

Craftsmen have spent the past two years restoring the 121-year-old house to its condition of 1916.