D. H. Lawrence: Dying Game, 1922-1930, Volume 3: The Cambridge Biography of D. H. Lawrence

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Originally published in 1998, 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 previously 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 ...

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Overview

Originally published in 1998, 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 previously 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 this was the period in which Lawrence also wrote remarkable novellas, essays, criticism, short stories and poems. He is revealed here as a man both more complex and more humorous than is usually allowed, and exemplary in his resolute grappling with the central problems of his age.

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Review of the hardback: 'To say that the final chapters of David Ellis's exemplary biography are overwhelmingly moving is in no way to diminish the good work that has gone before. From the start Ellis combines the need for an exhaustive documentary record with the ability to tell a coherent, compelling story … Ellis's greatest achievement, though, is to give us such a vivid sense of Lawrence at work, of how, on a day-to-day basis, he transmuted his experience into words.' Geoff Dyer, London Evening Standard

Review of the hardback: '… scholarly, reverential, magnificently detailed, anatomising the multitudinous writings against the backdrop of his turbulent, loving, yet adversarial life.' William Scammell, Independent on Sunday

Review of the hardback: 'The great achievement of this third volume lies in the biographer's ability to acknowledge the less attractive aspects of Lawrence's personality while still presenting his essential genius and integrity of the man. Professor Ellis provides the fullest and most perspicacious account of the novelist's last years; his insight is compelling and his narrative arresting. He is particularly good at displaying the gentler and more sympathetic aspects of Lawrence's character, in particular that instinctive gaiety which captivated acquaintances … This third volume of the Cambridge biography also completes a worthy and brave endeavour: D. H. Lawrence will never again be known so completely or so well.' Peter Ackroyd

Review of the hardback: '[This] is a most impressive achievement, and fully maintains the quite exemplarily high scholarly standards adhered to by the first two volumes. Written with the requisite tact (and a lot of tact is required), the ample, well-balanced text is supplemented by nearly 200 pages of extremely useful appendices and notes, which constitute an archive in themselves; plus a chronology, and a fifty-five-page index which could not be improved on.' Tony Tanner, The Times Literary Supplement

Review of the hardback: 'As a record of Lawrence's daily life, of his movements, of where he stayed, who he talked to, what he wrote and said, Ellis's biography is a work of exemplary research.' Allan Massie, Literary Review

Review of the hardback: 'All you want to know about Lawrence's wanderings in his final years.' The Observer

Review of the hardback: 'This is a work of great assiduity and completeness, a fit companion to the other two volumes of the Cambridge life.' The Sunday Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107402997
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/24/2011
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 850
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Meet the Author

David Ellis
David Ellis

David Ellis's previous novels include In the Company of Liars, Jury of One, Life Sentence, and Line of Vision, for which he won an Edgar Award. An attorney from Chicago, he serves as Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.

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Table of Contents

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 Vence; Appendix 1. The writing life, 1922–30: prose; Appendix 2. The writing life, 1922–30: poetry.

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