The Life of D. H. Lawrence.pdf

The Life of D. H. Lawrence.pdf



Complete with fresh perspectives, and drawing on the latest scholarship and biographical sources, The Life of D. H. Lawrence spans the full range of his intellectual interests and creative output to offer new insights into Lawrence’s life, work, and legacy.

  • Addresses his major works, but also lesser-known writings in different genres and his late paintings, in order to reassess the innovative, challenging, and subversive aspects of Lawrence’s personality and writing
  • Incorporates newly-discovered sources, including correspondence, a manuscript written in 1923-4, new evidence for important influences on his major novels and two previously unpublished images of the author
  • Emphasizes Lawrence’s gregarious nature, his desire to collaborate with others, and his adaptability to different social situations
  • Pays particular attention to the many interactions with literary advisors, editors, agents, publishers, and printers that were required for him to work as a professional writer
  • Combines new material with astute commentary to provide a nuanced understanding of one of the most prolific and controversial authors of the twentieth century


Andrew Harrison is Assistant Professor of English Literature and Director of the D. H. Lawrence Research Centre at the University of Nottingham, UK. He has published numerous articles on D. H. Lawrence, and late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century writings. He is the author of D. H. Lawrence and Italian Futurism: A Study of Influence (2003), and co-editor of D. H. Lawrence’s ‘Sons and Lovers’: A Casebook (with John Worthen, 2005).


List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgements ix

Abbreviations xi

Preface xvi

Part I Literary Formation, 1885–1912 1

1 Early Voices, September 1885–October 1908 3

2 Literary London, October 1908–April 1910 31

3 ‘A Small but Individual Name’, April 1910–May 1912 49

Part II UnEnglished, 1912–1914 79

4 ‘Coming Out Wholesome and Myself’, May 1912–May 1913 81

5 Forging a Career, June 1913–August 1914 106

Part III The Bitterness of the War and its Aftermath, 1914–1919 125

6 ‘The Real Fighting Line’, August 1914–December 1915 127

7 Outlaw, December 1915–April 1918 150

8 ‘Laid Up’, May 1918–November 1919 177

Part IV Europe Again, 1919–1922 197

9 Italy and Sicily, November 1919–December 1920 199

10 End of the Line, January 1921–February 1922 218

Part V New Worlds and Old Worlds, 1922–1925 235

11 Ceylon and Australia, February–August 1922 237

12 On to America, August 1922–November 1923 247

13 Broken Bonds, December 1923–July 1924 270

14 Writing for the Race, August 1924 –September 1925 283

Part VI Returning, 1925–1927 303

15 Understanding, September 1925–April 1926 305

16 Writing and Painting, April 1926–March 1927 319

Part VII ‘Unfailing Courage’, 1927–1930 339

17 Friendship and Isolation, March 1927 –May 1928 341

18 ‘Dropping a Little Bomb in the World’s Crinoline of Hypocrisy’, May 1928–August 1929 363

19 ‘Living on his Spirit’, August 1929 –March 1930 394

Afterword 406

Bibliography 411

Index 000


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