Books: Bones to Crunch

D. H. LAWRENCE: PORTRAIT OF A GENIUS BUT . . . (432 pp.)— Richard Aldington—Duell, Sloan & Pearce ($3.75).

Biographer Richard Aldington chose the subtitle for this book because, when he began to collect material, almost every one who had known Poet-Novelist Lawrence used the phrase "Of course, Lawrence was a genius, but . . ." Whatever Lawrence might have been as a literary man, they sniffed, he was no great shakes as a gentleman.

Biographer Aldington cannot restrain a few well-bred sniffs of his own. Even though he manages to explain and forgive much...