I m a big Lawrence fan, and so this correspondence is fascinating to read as we follow him through England and out to New Mexico Lawrence s fictional characters were very close to people he knew, and what s especially interesting is his attempts to soothe the ruffled feathers of people who were hurt by his portrayal of them. DH Lawrence S Renowned Creativity Is Conspicuous In His Letters He Wrote To Aristocrats, Fellow Authors, Painters, Publishers, And Others From The Intelligentsia But With Equal Concern To His Sisters, A Childhood Friend Suffering From Tuberculosis, A Post Office Clerk Or An Italian Servant Girl Lawrence Reveled In The Act Of Communication, Using A Direct, Unvarnished But Invariably Vivid Style Appropriate To Each Correspondent In This Book, Over Of Lawrence S Letters, Carefully Chosen From The Authoritative Seven Volume Cambridge Edition Exemplify Lawrence S Artistry And Humanness In His Introductory Essay James T Boulton Provides A Rare Critical Assessment Of Lawrence S Epistolary Achievement There Are Annotations To The Letters, A Biographical List Of Correspondents, Brief Chronological And Descriptive Introductions To Each Section And A Full General Index This Selection Will Appeal To Lawrence Aficionados And Will Make Good Companion Reading To His Works Being a fan of Lawrence s fiction, I was super excited to borrow this book and check out some letters This is the first collection of letters I ve read, by anyone, and I m loving it What a strange, volatile, imaginative, impulsive, passionate, perceptive, at times obsessive mind Lawrence has This may be the best kind of biography Just gorgeous What a fantastic person, who for all his maddening idiosyncracies, was passionately honest and deeply in love with the natural world He is the perfect letter writer, being keenly aware of the strange, joyful new moments everyday and deeply interested in people and other critters His searing sarcasm and strong opinions are very refreshing, especially if you re used to the whitewashed, please don t sue me style of many contemporary writers and interviewees It s oddly satisfying to read someone who hates as sincerely as he loves When he s angry, bitter, joyful, sad, amused he expresses it completely, either good and mad, poisonously vitriolic or passionately in love with tiny natural details I felt so bad for the hassle and smallminded nastiness he endured in his search to show sexual meaning in art At times he was portrayed as some sort of monster for daring to write about the reality of the hunan body without coyness, hypocrisy or grossness, and it s evident that this hurt him at times If that interests you his epilogue a propos Lady Chatterley s Lover is great. Wonderful lyrical reading Disappointed by his remarks on Native Americans.
David Herbert Richards Lawrence was an English writer of the 20th century, whose prolific and diverse output included novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, paintings, translations, literary criticism and personal letters His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialisation In them, Lawrence confronts issues rel
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- Selected Letters (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
- D.H. Lawrence
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