Book cover of Burning Man: The Trials of D. H. Lawrence  by Frances Wilsonby Frances Wilson

An electrifying, revelatory new biography of D. H. Lawrence, with a focus on his difficult middle years

“Never trust the teller,” wrote D. H. Lawrence, “trust the tale.” Everyone who knew him told stories about Lawrence, and Lawrence told stories about everyone he knew. He also told stories about himself, again and again: a pioneer of autofiction, no writer before Lawrence had made so permeable the border between life and literature. In Burning Man: The Trials of D. H. Lawrence, acclaimed biographer Frances Wilson tells a new story about the author, focusing on his decade of superhuman writing and travel between 1915, when The Rainbow was suppressed following an obscenity trial, and 1925, when he was diagnosed with tuberculosis.

Interview with the Author

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Frances Wilson: D.H. Lawrence, Burning Man (1915)
5/25/21          55 min

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Censorship, contradiction & controversey: a decade in the life of DH Lawrence
6/16/21          35 min

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Frances Wilson: Burning Man
5/19/21         44 min

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D.H. Lawrence and the Lady Chatterly Trial
7/4/21        23 min

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