A page from Thomas Wolfe’s FBI file

This is a page from Asheville author Thomas Wolfe’s FBI file, which was compiled after his death. The 42-page file was obtained by author Herbert Mitgang, who reviewed the file in his 1988 book, Dangerous Dossiers: Exposing the Secret War Against America’s Greatest Authors.

The case file for this 1957 document is marked “Espionage,” according to the book. The reason the FBI gave for censoring certain material was that it contained information exempt “in the interest of the national defense or foreign policy,” according to Mitgang. For more on the FBI and Wolfe, see the Xpress article “Look Homeward, Big Brother.”

Click here to download a PDF of the document.


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