Sea and Sardinia and Selections from Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence is a 277-page paperback published first in 1921 but this copy published in1949 by Doubleday Anchor Books, Doubleday & Company, Inc. The cover has light sun fading and creases along the spine. Inside, the binding is dry especially along where the front cover meets the front page, but the pages are clean and unmarked.
D.H. Lawrence's importance to twentieth century literature extends well beyond his achievement as a novelist: his fiery moral vision, his fierce puritanical character, his vigorous devotion to the natural man defined a character in many ways more intense than those he created in his fiction. In Sea and Sardinia, the most penetrating of his travel books, this character reveals itself in autobiographical terms against a background of the stony islands of Sardinia, its hard and independent people, its little inns, the unique costumes and character of each village, which come to sharp and vivid life through Lawrence's remarkable prose. And along with the people of Sardinia, we come to know Lawrence himself, the passion of his moral sense and the richness of his literary imagination.
This volume also includes three long, self-contained essays from a less well-known book, Twilight in Italy, and these provide a wonderful picture of the very different people--gentry, townspeople, peasants, and their wives--who live on Lake Garda in northern Italy.