Sketches of Etruscan Places and Other Italian Essays (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)

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For D. H. Lawrence, Italy was the place of spiritual rejuvenation to which he returned frequently to free himself from what he saw as the bourgeois conventions and the grim materialism of his native England. During his final stay in Italy, Lawrence became intrigued by the Etruscan civilization. To him, the Etruscan love of pleasure is in direct contrast to the Roman desire for power and he sees evidence of their quality of life and joy in their remaining works of art.

The eight short essays in this volume, two of which appear for the first time in paperback, include sketches of Tuscany, Florence, and the Etruscan lifestyle. It is both a personal journey and a superbly imaginative traveler's guide. This Penguin edition reproduces the authoritative Cambridge text, which is based on Lawrence's manuscripts, typescripts, and corrected proofs.

"One of the most widely read books on the Etruscans in English and probably Lawrence's most successful achievement in the genre of travel literature" --Simonetta de Filippis, from her Introduction

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Sketches of Etruscan Places contains seven essays D. H. Lawrence wrote in 1927 after visiting several Etruscan cities in central Italy. Eight essays about Florence and the Tuscan countryside form the second part of this volume. The introduction gives the genesis, publication, textual history and reception of the essays.

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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.

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