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The Rainbow
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The Rainbow Paperback - 2017

by D. H. Lawrence

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D.H. Lawrence’s The Rainbow follows three generations of the Brangwen family, with a particular focus on the sexual dynamics of, and relations between, the characters. Tom Brangwen, who is… let’s say “not the brightest,” succeeds to his father’s farm and falls in love with Lydia Lensky, a Polish widow; Anna, Lydia’s daughter (and Tom’s stepdaughter), marries Will, a distant relative of Tom’s; Anna and Will’s oldest daughter, Ursula, is a modern working woman.

For Tom Brangwen’s generation sex happens, but between the lines. For Anna and Will, bodies are alluded to and desires described. By the time Ursula Brangwen is a young woman, sex is frequent and directly addressed. This depiction of sexual desire as a natural force — perhaps spiritual, even! — caused quite a stir upon The Rainbow’s publication. The novel was almost instantly removed from the shelves of bookstores across the UKcountry and was then prosecuted in an obscenity trial in a British Magistrates’ court in November 1915, just two months after its release. As a result, roughly half of the copies of the novel’s original print run of were seized and burnt. The Rainbow was unavailable in the UK for 11 years following.

Lawrence initially conceived The Rainbow and what became its sequel, Women in Love, as a single novel titled The Sisters. However, after much revision, that manuscript became two of the author’s greatest novels. The Rainbow is ranked 48th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century; Women in Love is ranked 49th.

First Edition Identification

Methuen & Co. first published The Rainbow in London in 1915. Signed first editions have sold for upwards of $8,000.

Details

  • Title The Rainbow
  • Author D. H. Lawrence
  • Binding Paperback
  • Pages 512
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Dover Publications
  • Date 2017
  • ISBN 9780486817200 / 0486817202
  • Weight 0.79 lbs (0.36 kg)
  • Dimensions 7.8 x 5 x 1.4 in (19.81 x 12.70 x 3.56 cm)
  • Reading level 910
  • Library of Congress subjects Domestic fiction, Midlands (England)
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2018295494
  • Dewey Decimal Code 823.912

About the author

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic, and painter. His controversial works concern the dehumanization of modernity, and at the time of his death he was regarded as little more than a pornographer. Today Lawrence is praised for both his artistic vision and integrity, and he is considered an integral part of the English literary canon.

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