Books: Home-Grown Giant

THOMAS WOLFE by Andrew Turnbull. 374 pages. Scribner. $7.95.

No one who ever met Thomas Wolfe was likely to forget the force of his personality. A hearty clasp of his huge paw could mean considerable pain to the hand he had shaken. And no reader of his novels, whatever the reservations about their real worth, could easily forget their impact. That is part of the trouble that confronts Biographer Andrew Turnbull. In his conversations, which were really monologues, and in his novels, notably Look Homeward, Angel and The Web and the Rock, Wolfe spilled...