The web and the rock pdf
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The Web and The Rock
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New York: Scribner's, Its characters and settings closely resembled Wolfe, his family, and the citizens ofAsheville, North Carolina. The book's autobiographical basis caused outrage in Asheville since many felt that Wolfe had aired the town's dirty laundry in public. A popular and financial success, the novel sold more than 40, copies in its first year. From Death to Morning.
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The Web and the Rock is an American bildungsroman novel by Thomas Wolfe , published posthumously in the Wolfe believed that the book represented an artistic evolution for him, which is why he changed the name of the protagonist from Eugene Gant to George Webber, who was also more mature and aware than Gant. The book, which like all of Wolfe's major works mirrors Wolfe's own life experience, takes Webber from a Southern small-town boyhood to college with its escape from the "web" of family ties , to New York City where he seeks the meaning of life and attempts to establish himself as a novelist, engages in a stormy affair with the sophisticated married woman Esther Jack based on Wolfe's real-life affair with Aline Bernstein , goes to Europe, is disillusioned by Hitler's rise to power, and dreams of returning to his home town, but realizes that he can't recapture the past: the book's ending words are the title of his next novel — "you can't go home again. In May , Wolfe gave his manuscript to his new editor, Edward Aswell. According to John Halberstadt, "It was not a finished product in any sense. It was a collection of materials [that Wolfe's previous editor, Maxwell] Perkins had cut from earlier novels, previously published sketches or even short novels, chapters in variant versions, fragments, new writing — only the 'enormous skeleton' of a novel