With his D. H. Lawrence Nature, Narrative, Art, Identity, John Beer, Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge, sets out to offer, as the blurb on the back cover of his book argues, a new interpretation of D. H. Lawrences works during his lifetime [ ] concentrating on his exceptionally acute powers of observation, both human and natural. The volume is and subdivided into 16 chapters plus an introduction and an appendix; the chapters range from Fresh Think ing at the Turn of the Century via Frieda von Richthofen and her Background to An Elusive Identity and an appendix titled: Lawrences Sexuality and his Supposed Fascism. It reads well and is elegantly written, however it does contain typos and spacing errors which should not have escaped the proofreader. Beers monograph is largely based on biographical facts already known from books such as the Cambridge Biography of D. H. Lawrence or from other biographical works. Beer characterizes his book as an attempt to make sense of his [Lawrences] writings as a whole, as they appear in their original texts. The thesis advanced, if there is one, is that Lawrence was trained in college as a botanist and that he retained throughout his career an interest in science generally, including a deep interest in the nature of life itself and his sense of the centrality of the organic. In addition to this, Beer focuses on the fact that Lawrence was equally fascinated by the degree to which art reflected the apparent narrative of nature.