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Wolfe, Thomas

ISBN 10: 0060147067 / ISBN 13: 9780060147068
Published by Sun Dial Press, New York, 1940
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Very Good with no dust jacket; Edgewear. Previous owner's name. Pages yellowing. ; 694 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 27550

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Publisher: Sun Dial Press, New York

Publication Date: 1940

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: Reprint.

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This book tells the growth of the protagonist George Webber: came to the metropolis New York from a small town in the southern United States but the novel written with all his energies was left out by the publishers; fell in love with the married man Esther but was incompatible with the upper class; came to Europe but the fascist came to power. After a series of struggle and confusion, the author had the impulse of returning to the hometown but he deeply understood that he could no longer find the spiritual home. In this work, the author gradually changes the focus from people's inner world to the outside world and begins to focus on depicting the whole American society, but it is still filled with sadness and confusion.


Novel by Thomas Wolfe, published posthumously in 1939 after being reworked by editor Edward Aswell from a larger manuscript. Like Wolfe's other novels, The Web and the Rock is an autobiographical account of a successful young writer from North Carolina living in New York City in the early 20th century. The main character, George Webber, bears many similarities to Eugene Gant, the soul-searching protagonist of Wolfe's earlier novels Look Homeward, Angel (1929) and Of Time and The River (1935). Esther Jack, who first appeared in Of Time and the River, is an urban sophisticate who becomes Webber's lover and muse. The Web and the Rock has been criticized for its inconsistent style but praised for its poetry and passion. Its sequel is You Can't Go Home Again (1940). -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

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