Set in the rural midlands of England, "The Rainbow" revolves around three generations of the Brangwen family over a period of more than sixty years, setting them against the emergence of modern England. When Tom Brangwen marries a Polish widow and adopts her daughter as his own, he is unprepared for the conflict and passion that erupt. Suffused with biblical imagery, "The Rainbow" addresses searching human issues in a setting of precise and vivid detail.
About the Author
David Ellis is the author of Lawrence's Non-Fiction: Art, Thought and Genre and Wordsworth, Freud and the Spots of Time. He has been commissioned to write Volume HI of the New Cambridge biography of Lawrence.
James Wood is a staff writer at "The New Yorker "and a visiting lecturer in English and American literature at Harvard. He is the author of two essay collections, "The Broken Estate "and "The Irresponsible Self," and of a novel, "The Book Against God,"
"Lawrence is the most Dostoevskian of English novelists, in whose best work conflicting ideological positions are brought into play and set up against each other in dialogue that is never simply or finally resolved."