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Oxford world’s classics. KATE FLINT is Reader in Victorian and Modern English Literature, and Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford.

Oxford world’s classics. Oxford world’s classics. DAVID HERBERT LAWRENCE was born on 11 September 1885 at Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, the son of a coal miner.

Oxford World's Classics. To be oneself was a supreme, gleaming triumph of infinity. This is the insight that flashes upon Ursula as she struggles to assert her individuality and to stand separate from her family and her surroundings on the brink of womanhood and the modern world.

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Items related to The Rainbow (Oxford World's Classics). D. H. Lawrence started 'The Sisters' in 1913, wrote four different versions and claimed to have discarded 'quite a thousand pages' before completing The Rainbow in 1915

Items related to The Rainbow (Oxford World's Classics). Lawrence The Rainbow (Oxford World's Classics). ISBN 13: 9780192835246. The Rainbow (Oxford World's Classics). Lawrence started 'The Sisters' in 1913, wrote four different versions and claimed to have discarded 'quite a thousand pages' before completing The Rainbow in 1915. Mark Kinkead-Weekes gives the composition history and collates the surviving states of the text to assess the damage done to Lawrence's great novel. From the Inside Flap: Pronounced obscene when it was first published in 1915," The Rainbow is the epic story of three generations of the Brangwens, a Midlands family.

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In The Rainbow (1915) Lawrence challenged the customary limitations of language and convention to carry into the structures of his prose the fascination with boundaries and space that characterize the entire novel. Condemned and suppressed on first publication for its open treatment of sexuality and its "unpatriotic" spirit, the novel chronicles the lives of three generations of the Brangwen family over a period of more than 60 years, setting them against the emergence of modern England.

Banned, condemned, vilified both as unpatriotic and a pornographer dressing up his offensive portrayals in pretty language; in other words, some contemporaries weren't too pleased with D. H. Lawrence and his expansive excursion through recent English industry, life, love, and yearning, The Rainbow (Oxford World's Classics). Court ordered confiscation greeted the novel's publication. Why? Here was a writer who questioned the very foundations of what it meant to be British, of material progress, of family life and sexuality, a writer who dared to show people's sexual lives as they were, and to enliven these expositions in language reserved for describing religious experiences. Sounds pretty darn radical, even by today's much more liberal standards.

Structurally, The Rainbow is a family saga that follows the lives of the Brangwen family -- Tom, Anna, and Ursula (who continues, along with artist sister Gudrun, in Women in Love (Oxford World's Classics)) -- of East Midlands over three generations, from around 1840 through 1905. It incorporates the progression of British industry, in particular how it expands around the Brangwen homestead, Marsh Farm, and treats consequences of it critically. Lawrence is also critical of the redoubtable British military, focusing on the Boer War and Ursula's shattered lover, military engineer Skrebensky. But publishing at the opening of WWI, he won himself no friends among the stalwart loyalists.

When Lawrence comes up, most think of sex. There's plenty of it in The Rainbow, though none of it explicit or lurid. It's more a part of life, a legitimate expression of one's feelings. And it's usually ecstatic, as powerful as a religious experience; hence, Lawrence's use of religious language -- and many biblical allusions -- to heighten the experience. For example, toward the end of the novel, well after Ursula and Skrebensky have broken their engagement, he returns to England. They reunite and once again make love. Lawrence gives us a description that conveys an idea radical for its day, along with a nod to the eternal (with his characteristic repetition):

"Then he turned and kissed her, and she waited for him. The pain to her was the pain she wanted, the agony was the agony she wanted. She was caught up, entangled in the powerful vibration of the night. The man, what was he? -- a dark, powerful vibration that encompassed her. She passed away as on a dark wind, far, far away, into the pristine darkness of paradise, into the original immortality. She entered the dark fields of immortality.

"When she rose, she felt strangely free, strong. She was not ashamed, -- why should she be? He was walking beside her, the man who had been with her."

To appreciate why The Rainbow got many in a sweat of indignant condemnation, you're probably best to put yourself in the period, to forget the present and what has transpired between 1915 and today. Lawrence wasn't simply dealing in sex, he was giving life to ideas that ran against the societal grain of the times, and that tends to scare the heck out of most anybody anywhere anytime.

This Oxford World's Classics edition features a very helpful introduction by Professor Kate Flint, an extensively annotated text, and a timeline of Lawrence's life.
Beautifully written, baring the souls of it's protagonists, and I suspect, the author. The book follows the interior lives of two related families and finally the daughter of one. The skill and intimacy with which the author describes the wills and desires of the characters will leave you in admiration. The skillfullness of the portraits is deep and wonderous. Especially moving to me, as a retired teacher, was the insightful descriptions of the toll it takes to teach in a poor neughborhood. However, if you are looking for a rolling, rollicking plot line, you wont find it here. Very little happens except in the mind and spirits of the characters as the generations suceed one another.
Daivd Herbert Lawrence was born on September 11, 1885 in the ugly mining area of Nottingham in the English Midlands. His father Arthur was a hardworking miner who opened the world of natural beauty to the lad. His mother was a woman who focused her attentions on "Bert" so the boy would develop his artistic inclinations. Together this ordinary couple produced a literary genius. Lawrence would change the novel and the way we read novels.
In 1915 he wrote the Rainbow which tells the three generational tale of the Brangwen mining and farming family of Nottinghamshire. The generational stories revolve around:
a. Tom and Lydia Brangwen-He is a strong man who marries the Polish widow Lydia. Together they have several children as they build a world of their own on their farm.The couple has difficult communicating well together except in the marital bed.
b. Will and Anna Brangwen-Anna was the daughter of Lydia and her first husband a Polish physician who died young. While Will and Anna have a brood of children it is Anna who is in the spotlight. She weds her cousin Will. We see them making love; Anna dancing in the nude during a pregnancy and becoming an earth mother loving her man, home and land.
c. Ursula is the oldest daughter of Will and Anna. She is a shy girl who blossoms in the novel. Ursuala becomes a schoolteacher in a grim urban school; falls in love and leaves Anton Skrebensky and returns home to her family and the friendship and love of her sister Ursula. These two girls will be the main characters in "Women in Love" the sequel to "The Rainbow." Ursula develops a lesbian relationship in this novel but is clearly bisexual in orientation. The novel ends with her miscarriage as she is chased by a herd of horses in the rain.
That is the outline of the story. Nothing much happens on the surface; plot is there but is minimal. What Lawrence aimed for in this fiction was the experience of sexual awakening; the female organism and the stormy but essential relationship between the sexes. His language is poetic in beauty and bristles with the life force. His descriptions of nature are detailed and evocative making him the heir to Thomas Hardy.
"The Rainbow" was removed from the bookstore due to the strict and puritanical English censorship during World War I. Lawrence's wife Frieda who was German was under suspicion as a spy and the couple had a terrible time. Today in our sexually liberated culture "The Rainbow" is far from shocking. What we remember is the beauty of the language and the sense of time passing in the genealogical study he gives to one English family.
Lawrence hated modernity, industrialism and the rape of the English countryside due to mining. He is romantic yearning for a simpler time.
This classic novel published in the Cambridge Edition by Penguin paperbacks is well worth your time and money.