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Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence
Book DescriptionWith its frank portrayal of human passion and sexual desire, D.H. Lawrence's The Rainbow was banned as 'obscene' in Britain shortly after first publication. This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction by James Wood. Set in the rural Midlands, The Rainbow chronicles the lives of three generations of the Brangwen family over a period of more than 60 years, setting them against the emergence of modern England. When Tom Brangwen marries a Polish widow, Lydia Lensky, and adopts her daughter Anna as his own, he is unprepared for the conflict and passion that erupts between them. All are seeking individual fulfilment, but it is Ursula, Anne's spirited daughter, who in her search for self-knowedge, becomes the focus of Lawrence's examination of relationships and the conflicts they bring, and the inextricable mingling of the physical and the spiritual. Suffused with Biblical imagery, The Rainbow addresses searching human issues in a setting of precise and vivid detail. In his introduction James Wood discusses Lawrence's writing style and the tensions and themes of The Rainbow. This Penguin edition reproduces the Cambridge text, which provides a text as close as possible to Lawrence's original. It also includes suggested further reading, a fragment of 'The Sisters II' from his first draft, and chronologies of Lawrence's life and of The Rainbow's Brangwen family. D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930), English novelist, storywriter, critic, poet and painter, one of the greatest figures in 20th-century English literature. Lawrence published Sons and Lovers in 1913, but The Rainbow, completed in 1915, was declared obscene and banned two months after first publication; and for three years he could not find a publisher for Women in Love, which he completed in 1917. His last novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover, was published in 1928, but banned in England and America. If you enjoyed The Rainbow, you might like Lawrence's Women in Love, also available in Penguin Classics. 'A brave and important book, passionate and wildly ambitious' Independent on Sunday
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780141441382
(198mm x 130mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author D. H. Lawrence
Rainbow, Paperback (May 2016)
Tells the story of three generations of the Brangwen family and their struggles with each other and themselves.
Husbands and Sons, Paperback (November 2015)
On the cracked border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire stands the village of Eastwood. The women of the village, wives and mothers, struggle to hold their families and their own souls together in the shadow of the great Brinsley pit.
Twilight in Italy, Paperback (May 2015)
D.H. Lawrence's first travel book and an important insight into the roots of his literary genius.
D. H. Lawrence the Dover Reader, Paperback (March 2015)» View all books by D. H. Lawrence
Discover the works of the controversial author with the complete text of Sons and Lovers plus an essay, "Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious"; three short stories; and several poems, including "Snake."
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Author Biography - D. H. Lawrence
D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930), English novelist, storywriter, critic, poet and painter, one of the greatest figures in 20th-century English literature. Among his works, Sons and Lovers appeared in 1913, The Rainbow in 1915, Women In Love in 1920), and many others. James Wood is a visiting professor at Harvard. His latest book is The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel (Cape).
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