Cambridge Biography of D.H. Lawrence

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The first volume of the three-volume Cambridge Biography of D. H. Lawrence draws on a wide range of documentary and oral sources, many of them hitherto unpublished, to reveal a complex portrait of an extraordinary man. It describes his upbringing in a small colliery town in Nottinghamshire, his years spent as a teacher and his disastrous sexual experiments with Jessie Chambers, Helen Corke and Alice Dax; provides a radical new account of his early relationship with Frieda Weekley, Lawrence's 'woman of a ...

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The first volume of the three-volume Cambridge Biography of D. H. Lawrence draws on a wide range of documentary and oral sources, many of them hitherto unpublished, to reveal a complex portrait of an extraordinary man. It describes his upbringing in a small colliery town in Nottinghamshire, his years spent as a teacher and his disastrous sexual experiments with Jessie Chambers, Helen Corke and Alice Dax; provides a radical new account of his early relationship with Frieda Weekley, Lawrence's 'woman of a life-time'; and ends with the completion of his great autobiographical novel Sons and Lovers. This volume has already established itself as the most complete and authoritative account available. The second volume of the acclaimed Cambridge Biography of D. H. Lawrence covers the years 1912–22, the period in which Lawrence forged his reputation as one of the greatest and most controversial writers of the twentieth century. During this period Lawrence produced the trio of novels with which he was to revolutionise English fiction over the next decade. It was a painful process: Sons and Lovers was crudely cut by its publisher; The Rainbow was destroyed by court order and Women in Love took almost three years to find a publisher. Drawing on memoirs, oral recollections, and unpublished manuscript material, this volume opens a new perspective on the central period of Lawrence's life and literary career. It deals squarely with the vexed issue of his personal life but above all it reveals the triumph of Lawrence's art during a decade of extraordinary trials in which he established himself as the most innovative and notorious novelist of his generation. The final volume of the Cambridge Biography of D. H. Lawrence chronicles his progress from leaving Europe in 1922 to his death in Venice in 1930. Based on much new or unfamiliar material, it describes his travels in Ceylon, Australia, the USA and Mexico in an increasingly desperate search for an ideal community. With his return to Europe in 1925, there is a detailed account of his rediscovery of painting, his battle against censorship, and the vitality with which he resisted the debilitating effects of tuberculosis. Kangaroo, The Plumed Serpent and Lady Chatterley's Lover are usually seen as the literary landmarks of these years; but Lawrence also wrote remarkable novellas, essays, criticism, short stories and poems. Lawrence is revealed here not as the impotent and self-obsessed figure of popular legend, but as a man more complex, more humorous, and more exemplary in his resolute grappling with the central problems of life and death.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521631051
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Pages: 2349
  • Product dimensions: 6.73 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 6.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Volume I: Author's preface; Illustrations and maps; Family tree; Chronology; Part I. Eastwood and Nottingham: 1. 1815–1883 Antecedents; 2. 1883–1892 Home at Eastwood; 3. 1892–1901 Launching into life; 4. 1901–1905 Widening circles; 5. 1905–1906 Writing and painting; 6. 1906 Spirit love; 7. 1906–1908 College Part II. Croydon and London; 8. 1908–1909 Success; 9. 1909–1910 Strife; 10. 1910 The bitter river; 11. 1911 The sick year; 12. 1911–1912 Breaking off; Part III. Eastwood Again: 13. 1912 Spring; 14. 1912 Frieda Weekley. Volume II: Part I. A World of Promise: 1. New life; 2. New utterance; 3. The Wedding Ring; Part II. Spear in the Side: 4. The Rainbow; 5. Rainbow's end; Part III. Cornwall: 6. Midwinter life; 7. Orpheus descending; Part IV. A Kind of Wintering: 8. On a ledge; 9. Marking time; Part V. Italy Again: 10. Capri and Sicily; 11. On the move; 12. A sense of finality. Volume III: Chronology; maps; Part I. Faring Forth: 1. February–April 1922 Ceylon; 2. April–August 1922 Australia; 3. August–December 1922 New Mexico; 4. December 1922–March 1923 Christmas at Del Monte; 5. March–July 1923 Old Mexico; 6. July–November 1923 New York, Los Angeles, Guadalajara; Part II. The Second Visit to America: 7. November 1923–March 1924 European interlude; 8. March–October 1924 Back to New Mexico; 9. October 1924–February 1925 Oaxaca and The Plumed Serpent; 10. November 1924–February 1925 Brett is banished; 11. February–September 1925 The return to the ranch; Part III: Europe Once More: 12. September 1925–April 1926 Spotorno; 13. April–October 1926 Florence and England; 14. October 1926–March 1927 Two Lady Chatterleys; 15. March–August 1927 Change of life; 16. August 1927–January 1928 Lady Chatterley's Lover; 17. January–June 1928 Last days at the Villa Mirenda; Part IV. The Marvel of Being Alive: 18. June–November 1928 The search for health; 19. November 1928–March 1929 Bandol; 20. March–July 1929 Old haunts and new; 21. July 1929–January 1930 Battling on; 22. January–2 March 1930 Venice; Appendix 1. The writing life, 1922–1930: Prose; Appendix 2. The writing life, 1922–1930: Poetry.

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