The Trials of DH Lawrence was named Best Biography of the Year. ‹ Literary Center
International Organization of Biographers (BIO) – an international non-profit organization founded to promote the art and craft of biography – today announced burning man (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Frances Wilson’s beautifully titled biography of DH Lawrence, as the winner of her 2022 Plutarch Prize.
Now in its tenth year, the Plutarch Prize, the only international prize of its kind judged exclusively by fellow biographers, recognizes the best biography published in the English language. Previous winners include Robert Caro’s The Passage of Power: The Lyndon Johnson YearsRuth Franklin Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Lifeand David W. Blight Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Liberty.
An enthusiastic statement on behalf of the judging committee of five biographers describes Burning Man: The Trials of DH Lawrence thus :
Frances Wilson’s tale of the wandering life, relationships, loves and hates of writer David Herbert Lawrence is so freshly written, so critically honest, so determined to penetrate the difficult heart of one of the world’s greatest prose writers. 20th century in English. , that he will be a model for such investigative biographical enlightenment in the future. It’s a tour de force in its delimitation of genius. In its imaginative structure, allusions and use of Dante divine comedy as a sort of poetic guide, it is a demonstration of the golden art and craft of modern biography. Like Lawrence’s own work, it is always passionate, intense, revealing and compellingly original – a biography any biographer would be proud to have composed.
I think most authors would die happy after receiving a commendation like that.
burning man beat out some pretty stiff competition in the form of finalists Rebecca Donner’s All the Troubles Frequent Today: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of Germany’s Resistance to Hitler (Small, Brown & Co.); at Robert Elder Calhoun: American Heretic (Basic Books), Fiona Sampson’s One Way Mirror: The Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (WW Norton), and Mark Stevens & Annalyn Swan Francis Bacon: Revelations (Knoff).
Congratulations to Wilson and all of the finalists.