A Genius for Living: The Life of Frieda Lawrence

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The first full-blown biography of Frieda Lawrence, the unconventional wife of D. H. Lawrence draws on multiple sources to follow Frieda from her aristocratic Prussian childhood, through her tumultuous affairs and marriages, to her years in Taos, New Mexico. National ad/promo.

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The first major biography of Frieda Lawrence, the wife of D. H. Lawrence, presents an unconventional portrait of this strong-willed, independent-minded woman who made her own rules in life and love.

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If you know anything about D. H. Lawrence, you know something about Frieda--his muse, wife, and nurse--but not much. Frieda has always been embedded in her husband's literary life. Now, thanks to Byrne, a remarkably skilled first-time biographer, we can finally know Frieda for herself, and she was a character. The daughter of a Prussian baron, young Frieda was "athletic, headstrong, and undisciplinable." She became a carelessly beautiful, passionate, and unconventional woman frank about her appetites and possessed of a keen and unpretentious intellect. She was also a woman without a country. Born in Lorraine during the German occupation, Frieda was stigmatized for her nationality throughout her youth and during the frenetic world-war era when she lived in England, Italy, and the U.S. Byrne chronicles Frieda's pre-Lawrence life with flair, emphasizing her free spiritedness and the conflicts inherent in her first marriage to a staid Englishman. Her ardor for Lawrence, a student of her husband's and not the first or the last of her lovers, drove Frieda to abandon her family and undertake what became her lifework, assisting Lawrence in the creation of his revolutionary writings. Byrne's insights into their volatile relationship are fresh and illuminating, while her coverage of Freida's life after Lawrence's early death adds the finishing touches to this rich and memorable portrait. Donna Seaman

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