Aaron's Rod is a picaresque novel by D. H. Lawrence following Aaron Sisson, a union official in the coal mines of the English Midlands, who is trapped in a stale marriage. A talented amateur flautist Aaron walks out on his wife and two children and decides to visit Italy following his dream is to become a professional musician. During his travels befriends Rawdon Lilly who nurses Aaron back to health when he is taken ill in post-war London. After recovering his health, Aaron arrives in Florence where he moves in intellectual and artistic circles, argues about politics, leadership and submission, and has an affair with an aristocratic lady. D. H. Lawrence was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter whose works represent a reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. In his writings Lawrence confronts issues relating to emotional health and vitality, spontaneity, and instinct often apposing current social acceptance. E. M. Forster, in an obituary notice, described him as "the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation."