Aaron's Rod by D.H. Lawrence
(Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)

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This edition incorporates an original introduction from Moorside Press, including a biography, a critical discussion of Lawrence's place in the history of British Literature and a short contextual discussion of the book.

Published in 1922, Aaron’s Rod moves away from the more personal aspects of its immediate predecessors, to deal with issues such as leadership, politics and the nature of submission. The plot follows Aaron Sisson as he leaves his wife and family, his occupation and his social milieu, to travel and follow his dream, which is to become a professional flautist.

While the title refers to Aaron’s flute, there are, of course, other possibilities. Lawrence at least chooses to settle on the religious and the novel is littered with biblical references, but by the close, it is not religion per se, that serves to interfere with Aaron’s fate but something more political and in all respects prescient to what will arise after Lawrence’s death.
 

About D.H. Lawrence

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The son of a miner, the prolific novelist, poet, and travel writer David Herbert Lawrence was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, in 1885. He attended Nottingham University and found employment as a schoolteacher. His first novel, The White Peacock, was published in 1911, the same year his beloved mother died and he quit teaching after contracting pneumonia. The next year Lawrence published Sons and Lovers and ran off to Germany with Frieda Weekley, his former tutor's wife. His masterpieces The Rainbow and Women in Love were completed in quick succession, but the first was suppressed as indecent and the second was not published until 1920. Lawrence's lyrical writings challenged convention, promoting a return to an ideal of nature where sex is seen as a sacrament. In 1928 Lawrence's final novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover, was banned in England and the United States for indecency. He died of tuberculosis in 1930 in Venice.
 
Published February 8, 2012 by Blackthorn Press. 518 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Romance, Religion & Spirituality, Erotica, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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