Burning Man The Ascent of DH Lawrence

Frances Wilson

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‘Frances Wilson writes books that blow your hair back. She makes Lawrence live and breathe, annoy and captivate you … she conjures the past with such clarity and wit and flair that it feels utterly present’ Katherine Rundell ‘A brilliantly unconventional biography, passionately researched and written with a wild, playful energy’ Richard HolmesD H Lawrence is no longer censored, but he is still on trial – and we are still unsure what the verdict should be, or even how to describe him. History has remembered him, and not always flatteringly, as a nostalgic modernist, a sexually liberator, a misogynist, a critic of genius, and a sceptic who told us not to look in his novels for ‘the old stable ego’, yet pioneered the genre we now celebrate as auto-fiction. But where is the real Lawrence in all of this, and how – one hundred years after the publication of Women in Love – can we hear his voice above the noise? Delving into the memoirs of those who both loved and hated him most, Burning Man follows Lawrence from the peninsular underworld of Cornwall in 1915 to post-war Italy to the mountains of New Mexico, and traces the author’s footsteps through the pages of his lesser known work. Wilson’s triptych of biographical tales present a complex, courageous and often comic fugitive, careering around a world in the grip of apocalypse, in search of utopia; and, in bringing the true Lawrence into sharp focus, shows how he speaks to us now more than ever.‘No biography of Lawrence that I have read comes close to Burning Man‘ Ferdinand Mount, author of Kiss Myself Goodbye‘The most original voice in life-writing today’ Lucasta Miller, author of Keats

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ISBN – 9781408893623
Publisher – Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Format – Hardback
Publication Date – 27/05/2021
Dimensions – 234mm X 153mm
Categories – Biography

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Dorothy sacrificed a traditional life to share in her brother’s world of words. In her Grasmere Journals, she vividly recorded their intimate life together in the Lake District, marked by a startling freedom from social convention. The tale that unfolds in her brief, electric entries reveals an intense bond between siblings, culminating in Dorothy’s collapse on William’s wedding day – after which the woman who once strode the hills in all weathers retreated inside the house for the last three decades of her life.

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