Here is an important contribution to the Lawrence shelf, another panel in the Lawrence myth. Through an exhaustive collection of his letters, from his youth to the close of his life. Garnett has revealed a man of original mind, sincerity, humor, perceptiveness, sensitivity, tantalizingly elusive, lacking in emotional balance, brilliant and gifted beyond most in turn of phrase. The letters include many to members of his family, to associates, to close friends, among whom were numbered Garnett himself, George Bernard Shaw, Hogarth and many others. There are letters that reveal the depths of his despondency, letters that show him released by enthusiasm for his work. They show a man of unusual fineness of spirit, originality of mental processes, indefatigable in pursuing the labors he has set himself. The material is drawn not only from actual letters, but from official papers and autobiographical notes. Garnett has divided them into periods, and arranged the material chronologically, with clarifying notes and brief introductions to each section. An essential item for Lawrence fans.