D.H. Lawrence (Critical Heritage) by Prof R P Draper, R. P. Draper

By Prof R P Draper, R. P. Draper

Debatable English novelist, infamous for the explicitness of his writings. Writings contain: Sons and fans, woman Chatterley's Lover, ladies in Love. quantity covers the interval 1909-1931 (grouped through novels/poems).

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74), used Lawrence as an example of the false seriousness and limited sense of reality produced in the English novel by the fashionable preoccupation with Freudian psychology. Like Wyndham Lewis, Eliot represented Lawrence’s interest in the primitive as a betrayal of civilization: When his characters make love—or perform Mr. Lawrence’s equivalent for love-making—and they do nothing else—they not only lose all the amenities, refinements and graces which many centuries have built up in order to make love-making tolerable; they seem to reascend the metamorphoses of evolution, passing backward beyond ape and fish to some hideous coition of protoplasm.

She turns George’s head, and makes violent love to him. Even after she has married a rich husband, and he has declined on his humble cousin Meg, she does not leave him alone, but dangles her charms before his eyes, and disturbs an honest life with a vision of what was never meant for him. The narrator of the story, the flirt’s brother Cyril, has a strong liking 34 ALLAN MONKHOUSE IN Manchester Guardian for George, but unfortunately he takes an interest in the farmer’s mental and artistic welfare.

As for the people pictured here they are pictures marvellously painted, not people. They are good to look at. We are never allowed to forget their most goodly bodies. They are ‘cultured’; insufferably so; and let us know it by quoting Horace or Tristram Shandy, and by alluding to Schopenhauer or Bernard Shaw. They had all been to some ‘college’. Passingly one wonders what their social status was meant to be. They move easily between public-houses and dinner parties, and among their habits is a trick of messing and caressing and stroking each other’s hair or arms.

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