Mr. Noon (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)

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9780140189735: Mr. Noon (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)

This Penguin edition is the first annotated paperback publication of Lawrence's autobiographical and strikingly innovative unfinished novel. Begun in 1920, Mr Noon is divided into two distinct parts, the first of which appeared in 1934 and the second of which remained unpublished until the Cambridge edition of 1984, the first publication of the novel in full. Abandoning a promising academic career at Cambridge, Gilbert Noon returns to Whetstone, where he becomes a teacher at the local technical school. His rootlessness leads him into an inept experiment of 'spoony' love with a fellow schoolteacher, Emmie Bostock. The ensuing scandal causes him to flee to Germany, where he finds true passion in his developing relationship with Johanna, the unhappily married wife of an English doctor.

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This is an autobiographical novel – more or less a sequel to Sons and Lovers. The first part appeared as a short story in 1934; the second, larger part was never published. Mr Noon was first published in its entirety in 1984, and was widely hailed as a major literary event.

About the Author:

The son of a miner, the prolific novelist, poet, and travel writer David Herbert Lawrence was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, in 1885. He attended Nottingham University and found employment as a schoolteacher. His first novel, "The White Peacock," was published in 1911, the same year his beloved mother died and he quit teaching after contracting pneumonia. The next year Lawrence published "Sons and Lovers" and ran off to Germany with Frieda Weekley, his former tutor's wife. His masterpieces "The Rainbow" and "Women in Love" were completed in quick succession, but the first was suppressed as indecent and the second was not published until 1920. Lawrence's lyrical writings challenged convention, promoting a return to an ideal of nature where sex is seen as a sacrament. In 1928 Lawrence's final novel, "Lady Chatterley's Lover," was banned in England and the United States for indecency. He died of tuberculosis in 1930 in Venice.

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