Thomas Wolfe was born in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1900 and died of complications from pneumonia in 1938. Two of his novels, Look Homeward, Angel and Of Time and the River, were published during his lifetime; and two, The Web and the Rock and You Can't Go Home Again, appeared posthumously.
"Whether they were real or imagined, Wolfe could make his people live. . . . He had the power of evocation as only the best writers have--the magic touch that gives wings to a reader's thought. . . . The Hills Beyond would, I think, have surpassed in creative power those other four [novels] on which Wolfe's reputation must rest. . . . How great a pity that he did not live to finish it!"--J. Donald Adams "New York Times Book Review"