Later in , Lawrence published his third novel, Sons and Lovers , a highly autobiographical story of a young man and aspiring artist named Paul Morel, who struggles to transcend his upbringing in a poor mining town. The novel is widely considered Lawrence's first masterpiece, as well as one of the greatest English novels of the 20th century. Lawrence and Frieda von Richtofen soon returned to England, where they married on July 13, That same year, Lawrence published a highly regarded short-story collection, The Prussian Officer , and in he published another novel, The Rainbow , which was quite sexually explicit for the time.
Critics harshly condemned The Rainbow for its sexual content, and the book was soon banned for obscenity. Feeling betrayed by his country but unable to travel abroad because of World War I, Lawrence retreated to Cornwall at the far southwestern edge of Great Britain. However, the local government considered the presence of a controversial writer and his German wife so near the coast to be a wartime security threat, and it banished him from Cornwall in Lawrence spent the next two years moving among friends' apartments.
However, despite the tumult of the period, Lawrence managed to publish four volumes of poetry between and Amores , Look!
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We Have Come Through! There, he spent two highly enjoyable years traveling and writing. In , he revised and published Women in Love , which he considered the second half of The Rainbow. He also edited a series of short stories that he had written during the war, which were published under the title My England and Other Stories in Determined to fulfill a lifelong dream of traveling to America, in February , Lawrence left Europe and traveled east.
His works during this period includes a novel, Boy in the Bush ; a story collection about the American continent, St. Mawr ; and another novel, The Plumed Serpent Having fallen ill with tuberculosis, Lawrence returned to Italy in There, in his last great creative burst, he wrote Lady Chatterley's Lover , his best-known and most infamous novel.
Published in Italy in , Lady Chatterley's Lover explores in graphic detail the sexual relationship between an aristocratic lady and a working-class man. Due to its graphic content, the book was banned in the United States until , and in England until , when a jury found Penguin Books not guilty of violating Britain's Obscene Publications Act and allowed the company to publish the book.
At the highly publicized British obscenity trial, the prosecuting attorney infamously asked the jurors, "Is it a book that you would have lying around the house? Is it a book you would wish your wife or servants to read? Increasingly hobbled by his tuberculosis, Lawrence wrote very little near the end of his life. Reviled as a crude and pornographic writer for much of the latter part of his life, Lawrence is now widely considered—alongside James Joyce and Virginia Woolf —as one of the great modernist English-language writers.
His linguistic precision, mastery of a wide range of subject matters and genres, psychological complexity and exploration of female sexuality distinguish him as one of the most refined and revolutionary English writers of the early 20th century.
Lawrence himself considered his writings an attempt to challenge and expose what he saw as the constrictive and oppressive cultural norms of modern Western culture. He once said, "If there weren't so many lies in the world. I wouldn't write at all. He discussed some of his favorite matches throughout the years in WWE, his favorite people to work with in the ring, and had nothing but positive things to say about everyone.
His witticisms came short, although that may have only been a problem of translation through the book because he was actually very entertaining on TV. He went into detail about his injuries, which was the saving grace due only because he became one of the first high profile WWE guys that had to officially retire due to his being hurt so bad.
But there was no in-between stuff. No juicy details about much. Nothing mentioned about friendships or dislikes, no insight about whether Vince MacMahon is actually as crazy has he's known to be. And maybe it had something to do with the fact that he wrote the book while still an active roster member.
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But, that's what the readers want. But I would have much preferred to know more about Adam Copeland, not Edge, and his out-of-ring relationships. Maybe that's not what he was going for. Or maybe its because the book is copyrighted and Copeland went on to have a successful career years after the book was written.
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But, a combination of terrible editing and uninteresting stories left me feeling like this autobiography could have contained so much more than it did. Dec 26, Tessa rated it really liked it Shelves: own , wrestling , biography-and-memoir.
Edge is one of my favorite wrestlers, and I had been waiting to get my hands on this book for a very long time. Needless to say, I was happy when I found it at Barnes and Noble. The book is sometimes hard to read because it is apparent proper grammar was not a priority, but in the end, I think that makes it that much better.
And just more real. There is nothing I love more than learning how my favorite wrestlers or any other type of entertainer, for that matter got to where they are, and Edge is one of my favorite wrestlers, and I had been waiting to get my hands on this book for a very long time. There is nothing I love more than learning how my favorite wrestlers or any other type of entertainer, for that matter got to where they are, and Edge's story was particularly special.
I knew the ending and had known it for ten years and still, I found myself rooting for him as he began his wrestling career, survived "death tours," and finally made it to the WWE.
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My only problem is that some things are left unexplained. For example, the end of his first marriage. He says he does not want to get into it, and the marriage is just over. I understand he does not want his personal business made public, but he had already told his readers so much, why not let them in on this? I hope that one day, Adam Copeland writes a second book. I would love to hear about his reaction to his first World Title win, his transition from wrestler to actor, and how it feels to be a dad. He has accomplished so much and reading his autobiography made me appreciate what he did for the business so much more.
Jan 08, Diana Radu rated it it was amazing.
A great book I'm not much of a biography stuff reader but this one I really enjoyed. Yes, wrestling has been one of my "guilty pleasures" for a long part of my life and Edge and Shawn Michaels are my all time favorites. I really enjoyed the humor and his ironic jokes on himself throughout his life-story. It was also interesting to see some real stories behind some legendary matches I used to watch a long time ago I really hope he'll sometime write another book, he has a lot more to "talk" about Jun 04, Diane rated it it was amazing.
Just to be straight, I am a wrestling nut. And Edge Adam Copeland is tied with Sting for first place on my favourite wrestlers list. Edge as a performer has this energy about him that made me pay attention back in the days of the brood with Christian and Gangrel. I hope Adam will pick up the pen and paper again and write the second edition to this book, most fans know there is more than enough to Just to be straight, I am a wrestling nut.
I hope Adam will pick up the pen and paper again and write the second edition to this book, most fans know there is more than enough to write about. This book was a great trip down memory lane but with a different point of view than you see on your tv screen. For those non wrestling nuts this is a story that takes you from the determination of a boy who had 2 thing he wanted to do I life, 1 be a professional Wrestler 2 buy his mother a house, and he along with his best friend made it happen.
Lastly don't be put off if you are not a wrestling fan, this book is a pretty good read A good look into a WWE wrestler's life, injuries and all. Bad editing, but I'm guessing it's because back in Jeeze, 10 frickin years ago! Also helpful would have been a glossary of backstage wrestling terms like 'going over,' 'gigging,' and 'pie-faced. That said, I find edge to be an interesting, everyday kind of guy, and so I enjoyed reading this account from start to middle of his career.
I look forward to a sequel that covers the last ten years, and updates some stories - including how he ended up going into acting.
Dec 24, Ryan Ellis rated it really liked it. I've lost pretty much all interest in professional wrestling currently; but it was a critical part of my childhood. Edge has always been one of my favourites, and from reading his book, he certainly is has one of the most interesting life stories; this was written when he was The man writes in a similar style to the way I do, quite incredibly informal, which makes it a breeze for me to read through. I can't read things that are overtly formal easily.