D. H. Lawrence, 1885-1930

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Biographical note

English author, poet, playwright, essayist and literary critic. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. In them, Lawrence confronts issues relating to emotional health and vitality, spontaneity, human sexuality and instinct.

Lawrence's opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution, censorship, and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life, much of which he spent in a voluntary exile he called his "savage pilgrimage." At the time of his death, his public reputation was that of a pornographer who had wasted his considerable talents. E. M. Forster, in an obituary notice, challenged this widely held view, describing him as, "The greatest imaginative novelist of our generation." Later, the influential Cambridge critic F. R. Leavis championed both his artistic integrity and his moral seriousness, placing much of Lawrence's fiction within the canonical "great tradition" of the English novel. Lawrence is now generally valued as a visionary thinker and significant representative of modernism in English literature,

Works

Novels

Short stories

Poetry

  • Love Poems and others [1913]
  • Amores [1916]
  • Look! We have come through! [1917]
  • New Poems [1918]
  • Bay: a book of poems [1919]
  • Tortoises [1921]
  • Birds, Beasts and Flowers [1923]
  • The Collected Poems of D H Lawrence [1928]
  • Pansies [1929]
  • Nettles [1930]
  • Last Poems [1932]
  • Fire and other poems [1940]

Plays

  • The Daughter-in-Law [1912]
  • The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd [1914]
  • Touch and Go [1920]
  • David [1926]
  • The Fight for Barbara [1933]
  • A Collier's Friday Night [1934]
  • The Married Man [1940]
  • The Merry-go-round [1941]

Non-fiction

  • Study of Thomas Hardy and other essays [1914]
  • Movements in European History [1921]
  • Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious and Fantasia of the Unconscious [1921/1922]
  • Studies in Classic American Literature [1923]
  • Reflections on the Death of a Porcupine and other essays [1925]
  • A Propos of Lady Chatterley's Lover [1929]
  • Apocalypse and the writings on Revelation [1931]
  • Phoenix: The Posthumous Papers of D. H. Lawrence [1936]
  • Phoenix II: Uncollected, Unpublished and Other Prose Works by D. H. Lawrence [1968]

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