Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
"In the spirit of Julian Barnes's Flaubert's Parrot and Alain de Botton's How Proust Can Change Your Life, Mr. Dyer's Out of Sheer Rage keeps circling its subject in widening loops and then darting at it when you least expect it . . . a wild book."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
Geoff Dyer was a talented young writer, full of energy and reverence for the craft, and determined to write a study of D. H. Lawrence. But he was also thinking about a novel, and about leaving Paris, and maybe moving in with his girlfriend in Rome, or perhaps traveling around for a while. Out of Sheer Rage is Dyer's account of his struggle to write the Lawrence book--a portrait of a man tormented, exhilarated, and exhausted. Dyer travels all over the world, grappling not only with his fascinating subject but with all the glorious distractions and needling anxieties that define the life of a writer.
About the Author
Geoff Dyer is the award-winning author of many books, including Out of Sheer Rage, Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It, Zona, See / Saw, and the essay collection Otherwise Known as the Human Condition (winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism). A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dyer lives in Los Angeles, where he is writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages.
Praise for Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence
“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