D. H. Lawrence: A Biography

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Jeffrey Meyers, the author of highly acclaimed biographies of Hemingway and George Orwell, offers this masterly work on British novelist D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930). Meyers' fresh insights into Lawrence's life illuminate Lawrence's working-class childhood, his tempestuous marriage, and his death in France after the scandalous publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover, revealing Lawrence's complex method of intermingling autobiography and fiction. Through intensive research and access to unpublished essays and letters...

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Overview

Jeffrey Meyers, the author of highly acclaimed biographies of Hemingway and George Orwell, offers this masterly work on British novelist D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930). Meyers' fresh insights into Lawrence's life illuminate Lawrence's working-class childhood, his tempestuous marriage, and his death in France after the scandalous publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover, revealing Lawrence's complex method of intermingling autobiography and fiction. Through intensive research and access to unpublished essays and letters of Lawrence and his circle, Meyers describes the circumstances of his mother's death, the reason for the suppression of The Rainbow, and the author's protean (and extreme) sexuality that mirrored that of his fiction.

The author of a distinguished biography of Ernest Hemingway brings his superb gifts for research and narrative to a writer of comparable importance, whose life was driven toward extremes of passion and violence. Meyers does justice to the English novelist's celebrations of human sexuality and his sometimes scandalous relationships. 16 pages of photographs.

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Editorial Reviews

Christian Science Monitor
It is a daunting task to record the life of a genius and prophet. Meyers is up to the task. He presents both new material about Lawrence's life as well as a cogent summation of what we already know. His biography is a scholarly, lucid, and comprehensive account of the writer whom E. M. Forster called ' the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation'...the detached elan with which Meyers analyzes and makes familiar the tempestuous-yet -binding relationship [between Lawrence and Frieda] is one of the more engaging aspects of the book. By sketching Frieda's numerous marital infidelities Meyers gives us Lawrence rooted in the human clay of marriage, the ' living man,' the author of great and original literature.
The New York Review Of Books
A fine piece of work. It is dispassionate, it is cool, not cold. It sets out the record and untangles conflicting accounts...Meyers is scrupulous. He hardly ever fails to put the other side's case. He does not whitewash Lawrence...Meyers seems just and wise about Lawrence's feelings for his wife Frieda and hers for him. He seems to understand both, to feel for both.
— Noel Annan
The Wall Street Journal
This clean, energetic, and untendentious biography of D.H. Lawrence...is most welcome for its candid narrative and new information about the novelist's childhood, marriage, sexual life, health, and always complex friendships. Meyers has produced a readable, scholarly biography that doesn't break its subject on the wheel of some reductive thesis or bury him in self-serving detail. Lawrence lives
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this penetrating profile, Meyers traces a writer who alienated friends, fervidly explored sexuality, restlessly traveled and refused to acknowledge the tuberculosis that claimed his life in 1930. Photos. (May)
Library Journal
This is the first full-scale life of Lawrence since Harry Moore's The Priest of Love ( LJ 2/15/74). Though Meyers is sympathetic, his Lawrence is much less dainty and much more troubled than Moore's. For example, he's not afraid to depict the tempestuous marriage to Frieda as destructive as well as sustaining. At the same time some matters of speculation are presented as fact, and Meyers treats Lawrence's latent homosexuality with particular heavy-handedness. There are a number of errors, and readers may have their doubts about the ``significant new information'' Meyers claims to have revealed. Further, many passages are drawn--often word-for-word--from the prolific Meyers's earlier books. The author has been enterprising in interviewing those aged survivors with first-hand contact with Lawrence. One can hope that this readable mass-market biography--published by one of its subject's own publishers--will generate new readers for Lawrence.-- Keith Cushman, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815412304
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,436,238
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Meyers, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is the author of Gary Cooper, Scott Fitzgerald and Orwell: Wintry Conscience of a Generation. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Eastwood: A Mining Village 3
2 A Disastrous Marriage 11
3 Childhood and Chapel, 1885-1898 20
4 Nottingham, 1898-1908 30
5 Jessie, 1896-1910 41
6 Croydon, 1908-1912 51
7 Frieda, 1912 77
8 Italy, 1912-1913 99
9 Literary London, 1913-1915 117
10 Mansfield and Murry, 1913-1916 135
11 War, 1914-1915 154
12 The Suppression of The Rainbow, 1915 182
13 Cornwall, 1916-1918 197
14 Capri and Taormina, 1919-1922 231
15 Ceylon and Australia, 1922 268
16 To the New World, 1922-1923 283
17 London, Taos and Oaxaca, 1923-1925 302
18 Tuberculosis, 1925 324
19 Spotorno and Seandicci, 1926-1928 336
20 Lady Chatterley's Lover and the Paintings, 1928-1929 352
21 Bandol and Vence, 1929-1930 373
Epilogue 382
App A History of Illness 389
Notes 391
Bibliography 433
Index 435
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