This magisterial biography of D. H. Lawrence, by three leading scholars, draws on an unprecedented range of documentary and oral sources to transform our understanding of one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. The first volume describes Lawrence\'s upbringing, his years as a teacher, and his often troubled early relationships with women. The second volume covers the years 1912-22, as Lawrence forged a reputation as one of the greatest and most controversial writers of his time and revolutionised English fiction with Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow and Women in Love. The final volume chronicles Lawrence\'s travels in Ceylon, Australia, the USA and Mexico, his later literary career, his battle against censorship particularly over Lady Chatterley\'s Lover, and his ultimately unsuccessful struggle against tuberculosis. Lawrence is revealed as a complex, humorous and resolute man, grappling with the central problems of life and death.
Volume 1: D. H. Lawrence: The Early Years 1885-1912: Author\'s preface; Illustrations and maps; Family tree; Chronology; Part I. Eastwood and Nottingham: 1. 1815-83 antecedents; 2. 1883-92 home at Eastwood; 3. 1892-1901 launching into life; 4. 1901-5 widening circles; 5. 1905-6 writing and painting; 6. 1906 spirit love; 7. 1906-8 college; Part II. Croydon and London; 8. 1908-9 success; 9. 1909-10 strife; 10. 1910 the bitter river; 11. 1911 the sick year; 12. 1911-12 breaking off; Part III. Eastwood Again: 13. 1912 spring; 14. 1912 Frieda Weekley. Volume 2: D. H. Lawrence: Triumph to Exile 1912-22: Part I. A World of Promise: 1. New life; 2. New utterance; 3. The Wedding Ring; Part II. Spear in the Side: 4. The Rainbow; 5. Rainbow\'s end; Part III. Cornwall: 6. Midwinter life; 7. Orpheus descending; Part IV. A Kind of Wintering: 8. On a ledge; 9. Marking time; Part V. Italy Again: 10. Capri and Sicily; 11. On the move; 12. A sense of finality. Volume 3: D. H. Lawrence: Dying Game 1922-30: Chronology; Maps; Part I. Faring Forth: 1. February-April 1922 Ceylon; 2. April-August 1922 Australia; 3. August-December 1922 New Mexico; 4. December 1922-March 1923 Christmas at Del Monte; 5. March-July 1923 Old Mexico; 6. July-November 1923 New York, Los Angeles, Guadalajara; Part II. The Second Visit to America: 7. November 1923-March 1924 European interlude; 8. March-October 1924 Back to New Mexico; 9. October 1924-February 1925 Oaxaca and The Plumed Serpent; 10. November 1924-February 1925 Brett is banished; 11. February-September 1925 The return to the ranch; Part III. Europe Once More: 12. September 1925-April 1926 Spotorno; 13. April-October 1926 Florence and England; 14. October 1926-March 1927 Two Lady Chatterleys; 15. March-August 1927 Change of life; 16. August 1927-January 1928 Lady Chatterley\'s Lover; 17. January-June 1928 Last days at the Villa Mirenda; Part IV. The Marvel of Being Alive: 18. June-November 1928 The search for health; 19. November 1928-March 1929 Bandol; 20. March-July 1929 Old haunts and new; 21. July 1929-January 1930 Battling on; 22. January-2 March 1930 Venice; Appendix 1. The writing life, 1922-30: prose; Appendix 2. The writing life, 1922-30: poetry.