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Out of Sheer Rage

Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence

Geoff Dyer

Picador

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Geoff Dyer had always wanted to write a book about D. H. Lawrence. He wanted, in fact, to write his "Lawrence book." The problem was, he had no idea what his "Lawrence book" would be, though he was determined to write a "sober academic study." Luckily for the reader, he failed miserably.

Out of Sheer Rage is a harrowing, comic, and grand act of literary deferral. At times a furious repudiation of the practice of writing itself, this is not so much a book about Lawrence as a book about writing a book about Lawrence. As Lawrence wrote about his own study of Thomas Hardy, "it will be about anything but Thomas Hardy, I am afraid—queer stuff—but not bad."

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Praise for Out of Sheer Rage

"The funniest book I have ever read."--Steve Martin

"Painfully funny . . . sheer pleasure."--David Lodge, The Times (London)
 
"An intriguing, magnetic, genre-rattling book."--The Sunday Times (London)
 
"Marvelous . . . a glorious truant from study . . . gives a better picture of Lawrence than any biography I know."--James Wood, The Guardian (UK)
 
"Funny and self-laceratingly candid but with a nice Nabokovian spin on the fatal and irresistable allure of procrastination."--William Boyd, Books of the Year, The Spectator (UK)
 
"Dizzying fun . . . Dyer is several kinds of good writer."--David Kipen, San Francisco Chronicle

"The kind of book that gives literary criticism a bad name. Hilarious!"--John Berger

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Geoff Dyer

  • Geoff Dyer is the author of Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D.H. Lawrence, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, as well as Paris Trance: A Romance, and But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz. He lives in England.
  • Geoff Dyer Copyright Valeria Guglielmi
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Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence

Geoff Dyer

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