A quirky, wide-ranging compendium, revealing Lawrence’s character and debates over life, art, and faith between the world...

THE BAD SIDE OF BOOKS

SELECTED ESSAYS OF D.H. LAWRENCE

An assortment of nonfiction works by Lawrence (1885-1930) encompassing memoir, literary criticism, and riffs on travel and religion.

Lawrence is best known for novels like Lady Chatterley’s Lover and The Rainbow—or perhaps more precisely, the controversies that erupted upon their publication. In “Pornography and Obscenity,” he addresses the matter directly, drawing a line between pornography (“the attempt to insult sex, to do dirt on it”) and his own mission to loosen sexuality from Victorian constraints. Lawrence wasn’t entirely successful, and he was a man out of time for much of his short life, impatient with British prudery but skeptical of modernism too; rolling his eyes at Joyce and Proust, he wrote that “some convulsion or cataclysm will have to get this serious novel out of its self-consciousness.” Editor Dyer’s selections reveal Lawrence at his most pointed and well reasoned (as in the superb “Morality and the Novel,” in which he argues for the importance of candor and integrity in fiction) as well as his most absurdly woolly. For example, an extended selection from an essay on Thomas Hardy gasses about distinctions between men and women, replete with botany and transportation metaphors. But if Lawrence’s ideas about fiction and gender are debatable, his writing is often pure pleasure. He writes exquisitely about the flora of Tuscany, the sunlight in New Mexico (“arching with a royalty almost cruel over the hollow, uptilted world”), and the resurrection of Christ. Lawrence was at heart a sensualist, but he also had a dishier, snarkier side: “Memoir of Maurice Magnus” is a brutal extended dismissal of a spendthrift aspiring author, and he stomps hard on life in London: “I am being dulled! My spirit is being dulled! My life is dulling down to London dullness.”

A quirky, wide-ranging compendium, revealing Lawrence’s character and debates over life, art, and faith between the world wars.

Pub Date: Nov. 12, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-68137-363-8

Page Count: 512

Publisher: New York Review Books

Review Posted Online: Aug. 18, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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