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  • Series: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics; 1 edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061579556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061579554
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Wolfe wrote as one inspired. No one of his generation had his command of language, his passion, his energy.” (The New Yorker)

“Wolfe has written passage after passage that you want to read aloud, to memorize; no novelist since Conrad has more verbal effectiveness.” (Saturday Review)

“He was one of the most brilliant of them all. He had an enormous appetite for life, and a deep sensitivity.” (New York Herald Tribune)

“Among his and my contemporaries, I ranked Wolfe first.” (William Faulkner)

About the Author

One of the most important American writers of his generation, Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938) was born in Asheville, North Carolina. His other novels include Of Time and the River and Look Homeward, Angel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By transargonaut on February 7, 2014
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First off: there is only one reason I cannot give this book 5 stars, and that is because Thomas Wolfe's original publication, "The Web and The Rock" is twice as long. (This addition is 346 pages; the original is 695.) Perhaps because the next story, "You Can't Go Home Again," presents a more linear narrative the publishers decided to trim this prequel down into a paperback edition. The book is great, but for me--an avid fan of Thomas Wolfe--getting the entire story takes priority.

Here's my advice: if you are new to Thomas Wolfe, go ahead and read this book. It is full of his vivid prose and you will be richly rewarded. On the other hand, if you have already read "O Lost" or "You Can't Go Home Again," then go ahead and hunt down a copy of the original "The Web and The Rock." I'm glad I did.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark Shanks VINE VOICE on September 29, 2010
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For crying out loud, it's The Web and the ROCK. How could they screw THAT up?

That said, this is more of a slog than anything else Wolfe wrote, and I am at a loss to understand why he spent time on what essentially is an inferior rewrite of Look Homeward, Angel. Instead of Eugene Gant, we have an apelike George Webber. To be fair, The Web and the Rock, as well as You Can't Go Home Again, weren't meant by Wolfe to be stand-alone novels - they were posthumously edited out of a much larger manuscript titled The October Fair. But I would MUCH rather have Of Time and the River than both of the posthumous works together. If you haven't read Look Homeward, Angel, please skip this entirely. And if you've finished both Angel and Of Time and the River, start this one only if you really feel the need, because I was quite disappointed.
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