These 250,000 words should prove a fair introduction to an author whose voluminous outpourings have discouraged many readers from approaching him. As a result, critical generalizations have grown up about him; he is more legend than fact. Geismar sets about, in his able introduction, to reintroduce him to his readers, to give a new slant to his work. He shows how the web of his agrarian origins, his intense sense of place, people, things, his anger and bewilderment and indignation all contributed to the intensity of his writing. He persuades one to go back again and reread Wolfe for the ""slow discovery of the substratum of meaning"". Each selection has its prefatory and editorial note. He has selected parts of the four novels that comprise his major work:--Look Homeward, Angel. Of Time and the River. The Web and the Rack, You Can't Go Home Again, he has chosen five short stories; he has used parts from The Story of a Novel and The Hills Beyond.... Good addition to top-ranking series.