Death and the Author: How D. H. Lawrence Died, and Was Remembered

Hardcover | July 17, 2008

byDavid Ellis

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At the heart of Death and the Author is a dramatic account of D. H. Lawrence's desperate struggle against tuberculosis during his last days, and of certain, often bizarre events which followed his death. Around this narrative David Ellis offers a series of reflections about what it is like tohave a disease for which there is no cure, the appeal of alternative medicine, the temptation of suicide for the terminally ill, the diminishing role of religion in modern life, the institution of famous last words, the consequences of dying intestate, and so on. These are clearly not the mostimmediately appealing of topics but they have an obvious significance for everyone and the treatment of them here is by no means lugubrious (even if, in the nature of the case, most of the jokes fall into the category of gallows humour). Lawrence is the main focus throughout but there are extendedreferences to a number of other famous literary consumptives such as Keats, Katherine Mansfield, Kafka, Chekhov or George Orwell. Not a long book, Death and the author is divided into three parts called `Dying', `Death' and `Remembrance' and is made up of twenty-two short sections. Although itincorporates a good deal of original material, the annotation has been kept deliberately light. The aim has been to combine the drama of events - a good story - with a consideration of matters which must eventually concern us all, and to present the material in a lively and accessible form.

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At the heart of Death and the Author is a dramatic account of D. H. Lawrence's desperate struggle against tuberculosis during his last days, and of certain, often bizarre events which followed his death. Around this narrative David Ellis offers a series of reflections about what it is like tohave a disease for which there is no cure, ...

David Ellis was born in Lancashire, educated at Downing College Cambridge, and is emeritus professor of English Literature at the University of Kent in Canterbury. During his teaching career he has spent considerable periods in France, Italy, Australia and the United States. In the academic year 1991-2, he was an Andrew Mellon Fello...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.18 inPublished:July 17, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part One: Dying1. Bandol2. Tuberculosis3. Denial4. The sanatorium5. Alternative medicine6. Being ill7. Death and the after-life8. Ending it allPart Two: Death9. Andrew Morland10. iAd Astra/i11. Visitors12. The hour of our death13. Famous last words14. Funeral15. PilgrimsPart Three: Remembrance16. Will power17. Lying for truth18. Image rights19. Settling scores20. Celebrations21. Mortal remains22. ApotheosisPostscript: on the fear of deathAcknowledgements and sources