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Twilight in Italy

Twilight in Italy
D. H. Lawrence

Foreword by: Jan Morris

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In 1912, a young D.H. Lawrence left England for the first time and travelled to northern Italy. He spent nearly a year on the shores of Lake Garda, lodged in elegantly decaying houses set amid lemon groves and surrounded by the fading life of traditional Italy. This is a travel book unlike any other, where landscapes and people are backdrops to Lawrence's deeper wanderings - into philosophy, opinion, life, nature, religion and the fate of man. With sensuous descriptions of late harvests, darkening days and fragile ancient traditions, Twilight in Italy is suffused with nostalgia and premonition. For, looming over the idyll of rural Italy hover dark spectres: the arrival of the industrial age and the brewing storm of World War I, upheavals that would change the face of Europe forever.

Author Info

D.H. Lawrence (1885–1930), novelist, poet, playwright, painter, critic, is an icon of twentieth-century literature. He began writing at an early age, publishing his first novel, The White Peacock, when he was twenty-five, Sons and Lovers two years later and The Rainbow and Women in Love in his thirties. His hatred of militarism, openly expressed during the First World War, sparked a wave of vilification that forced him to leave England and embark on what he called his ‘Savage Pilgrimage’. He spent the remainder of his life travelling – to Italy, Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon), Australia, Mexico and the south of France – and it was during this time that he wrote such classics as Sea and Sardinia, The Plumed Serpent and Lady Chatterley’s Lover. With the exception of E.M. Forster, who called him ‘the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation’ and friends such as Aldous Huxley, Lawrence’s obituarists were dismissive and hostile. It was not until the Lady Chatterley Trial thirty years after his death and the subsequent publication of the book that Lawrence was finally recognised as one of the great writers and thinkers of his age.

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Review

‘If this is travel writing, it is travel writing in excelsis – beyond the spectacle, beyond the experience, beyond even the interpretation, into profounder conclusions of the spirit.’
Jan Morris

‘It cannot be read as an ordinary travel book, for his voyage is philosophic, as well as a symbolic and sensuous one.’
Anais Nin

‘The sharpness of Lawrence’s eye is incredible [. . . ] brilliantly informative, educative, entertaining and moving.’
Anthony Burgess

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd

Paperback
ISBN: 9781780769653
Publication Date: 29 May 2015
Number of Pages: 192
Height: 198
Width: 129

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