Nearer to the sun

Accelerant on the Lawrentian bonfire
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August 2021, no. 434
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Burning Man: The ascent of D.H. Lawrence by Frances Wilson

Bloomsbury, $49.99 hb, 512 pp

Nearer to the sun

Accelerant on the Lawrentian bonfire
by
August 2021, no. 434
David Herbert Lawrence (1885–1930), c.1915 (photograph via Alamy)
David Herbert Lawrence (1885–1930), c.1915 (photograph via Alamy)

Why ‘burning man’? Because in this immense, obsessive, studiously unkempt work, the biographer brings accelerant to the raging bonfire that is D.H. Lawrence’s reputation and pours it with pyromaniacal glee. Frances Wilson’s new life of the writer stands athwart the accumulated crimes of which Lawrence stands accused – his obstreperousness, his intense and absurd hatreds, his dubious politics, the physical and metaphysical violence he committed against women – and demands a halt to the trial.

Geordie Williamson reviews 'Burning Man: The ascent of D.H. Lawrence' by Frances Wilson

Burning Man: The ascent of D.H. Lawrence

by Frances Wilson

Bloomsbury, $49.99 hb, 512 pp

Buy this book

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