This collection of original, concise essays by leading international scholars draws closely on the Cambridge Edition of the Letters and Works of D. H. Lawrence to provide up-to-date insights into the key contexts to the author's life, career and legacy. It opens with an overview of Lawrence's life as it is explored in biographies and revealed in his letters and writing, before reassessing his relationship to the contemporary literary marketplace, and his response to - and intervention in - a range of literary/cultural and social/historical contexts. It ends with sections on Lawrence's changing critical reception and his powerful legacy in the work of later authors and filmmakers. The essays present a detailed and nuanced picture of Lawrence as an enterprising professional author with a truly cosmopolitan outlook who engaged deeply and strongly with his contemporary culture, and with currents of thought across a range of disciplines.
Table of Contents
Part I. Life Writing/Writing the Life: 1. Biographies Michael Squires; 2. The letters Keith Cushman; 3. The life in the writing John Worthen; Part II. The Literary Marketplace: 4. Book publishers Joyce Wexler; 5. Journals, magazines, newspapers Annalise Grice; 6. Private publication Andrew Harrison; Part III. Literary and Cultural Contexts: 7. Lawrence and his contemporaries Suzanne Hobson; 8. Literary realism Susan Reid; 9. Modernism Holly A. Laird; 10. The short story Dominic Head; 11. Novellas Bethan Jones; 12. Verse forms Christopher Pollnitz; 13. Theatre James Moran; 14. Travel writing, and writing about place Neil Roberts; 15. Philosophy Michael Bell; 16. Paintings Jack Stewart; Part IV. Social and Historical Contexts: 17. Class Ron Granofsky; 18. Religion Luke Ferretter; 19. Edwardian feminisms and suffragisms Elizabeth M. Fox; 20. Sex, sexuality, sexology Howard J. Booth; 21. The Great War Helen Wussow; 22. Psychoanalysis John Turner; 23. Science and technology Jeff Wallace; 24. Race and cultural difference Judith Ruderman; 25. Ecology Carrie Rohman; 26. Censorship Nancy L. Paxton; Part V. Critical Fortunes: 27. Lawrence and female authors/memoirists Carol Siegel; 28. F. R. Leavis David Ellis; 29. Feminism Marianna Torgovnick; 30. The Cambridge Edition Paul Eggert; 31. Lawrence and theory Garry Watson; Part VI. Creative Legacies: 32. Lawrence's influence on later writers Lee M. Jenkins; 33. Film adaptations Louis K. Greiff.