Thu, 27 May 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

Burning Man – The Ascent of DH Lawrence

Frances Wilson

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DH Lawrence is no longer censored, but he is still on trial – and we are still unsure what the verdict should be, or even how to describe him.

History has remembered Lawrence as a nostalgic modernist, a Priest of Love,  a misogynist, a critic of genius, and a sceptic who told us not to look in his novels for ‘the old stable ego’, yet pioneered the genre we now celebrate as autofiction,

But where is the real Lawrence in all of this, and how – one hundred years after the publication of Women in Love – can we hear his voice above the noise?

Delving into the memoirs of those who both loved and hated him most, biographer Frances Wilson  has followed Lawrence from the peninsular underworld of Cornwall in 1915 to post-war Italy to the mountains of New Mexico, tracing the author’s footsteps through the pages of his lesser known work.

Frances joins us to present a complex, courageous and often comic fugitive, careering around a world in the grip of apocalypse; and, in bringing the true Lawrence into sharp focus, shows how he speaks to us now more than ever.

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Frances Wilson

Biographer, critic and fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Frances Wilson is a biographer and critic. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, her books include The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth, How to Survive the Titanic: Or, the Sinking of J Bruce Ismay, and Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey. She was a judge for the Baillie Gifford Prize for non-fiction, 2019, and was chair of the judges for the Goldmith’s Prize, 2020.