The Web and the Rock Author:Thomas Wolfe The Web and the Rock is the first of two novels which Thomas Wolfe completed a few months before his early death at the age of 38. — It is the story of George Webber, a writer (the Eugene Grant of Wolfe's earlier novels), who arrives in New York from "old Catawba," becomes a college instructor and has a tempestuous love affair with Esther Jack, ... more »a wealthy theatrical figure. When George sees this love as part of the ensnaring web of his life, he leaves Esther and goes to Europe, pursuing the strength of vision - the rock - symbolized by his father.
This novel is considered part of one extended, passionate autobiography, comprised of Wolfe's four novels. It is a work charged with anger, aspiration, and the self-destructive momentum of Wolfe's own life.« less