This edition incorporates an original introduction from Moorside Press, including a biography, a critical discussion of Lawrence's place in the history of British Literature and a short contextual discussion of the book.
Published in 1922, Aaron’s Rod moves away from the more personal aspects of its immediate predecessors, to deal with issues such as leadership, politics and the nature of submission. The plot follows Aaron Sisson as he leaves his wife and family, his occupation and his social milieu, to travel and follow his dream, which is to become a professional flautist.
While the title refers to Aaron’s flute, there are, of course, other possibilities. Lawrence at least chooses to settle on the religious and the novel is littered with biblical references, but by the close, it is not religion per se, that serves to interfere with Aaron’s fate but something more political and in all respects prescient to what will arise after Lawrence’s death.