LAWRENCE AND THE WOMEN

THE INTIMATE LIFE OF D.H. LAWRENCE

With a rich idea satisfyingly carried out, novelist/biographer Feinstein (All You Need, 1990, etc.) focuses on the erotic life of D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930). Curiously pagan yet puritanical, Lawrence, Feinstein explains, remained a virgin until his 23rd year and later assumed a strange stance in print—that woman was the sexual servant of man and should not be brought to orgasm during love-play, and that exciting the clitoris was a ``lesbian'' practice not to be allowed by a proud male. Nonetheless, he wrote about sex with a lyrical flair and frankness unmatched in English literature. He was misunderstood, however, since although the object of his groundbreaking Lady Chatterley's Lover was to celebrate tenderness between lovers, not greasy sex, Lady Chatterley followed his earlier The Rainbow in being publicly vilified and banned. Feinstein looks into the love ties between the nonadulterous Lawrence and all the women in his life. The writer, she says, hated his coal-miner father for being beastly to his mother, and drew him savagely in Sons and Lovers, but then later came round to his father's view, feeling that in a robust marriage, such as his own with Frieda von Richthofen, he should imitate his father and wipe up the floor with Frieda regularly. Six years older than Lawrence and the married mother of three children, Frieda gave up her family to run off with the young writer. But to Lawrence, any woman who befriended him was fair game for his pen, and he alienated many with his deeply dismissive or poisonous portraits. A typical Lawrence moment: He dusts some cups and saucers with a poker, then says, ``Beware, Frieda, if you ever talk to me like that again, it will not be the tea things I smash but your head.'' Not much new, but smartly joined together. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.)

Pub Date: March 17, 1993

ISBN: 0-06-016226-0

Page Count: 400

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1993

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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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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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