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Sons and Lovers

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Sons and Lovers

Sons And Lovers was the first of DH Lawrence’s major works, and is considered by many to be his best. Published in 1913, it is the partly autobiographical story of young Paul Morel, a budding artist. The novel is set in a coalmining village in Lawrence's native Nottinghamshire, and made famous the tortured conditions of the author’s upbringing – his uneducated father’s pit-and-pub life, his mother’s contempt for this, and her self-sacrifice so that her children might avoid it, as well as Lawrence’s own conflicting feelings of being absolutely devoted to and yet smothered by his mother. The book was the first modern portrayal of a phenomenon that Freud identified as the Oedipus complex. It is also important for being one of the first English novels to be genuinely working-class in both origin and focus.

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Frederic Raphael


Although D.H. Lawrence's reputation has suffered as a result of a misunderstanding of his works by Germaine Greer and others I believe his genius will be appreciated more fully by future generations. He is in my opinion the foremost English novelist of the 20th Century, going far beyond mere story-telling to get inside the human psyche. Althoug Sons and Lovers is of course a great novel, I believe his greatest work is The Rainbow, followed by Women in Love. His novel Kangaroo is still the most profound analysis of the deepest soul of Australia and its citizens, going far beyond anything Germaine Greer could say about that extraordinary country, even though Lawrence himself spent only a few weeks living there. Oh the difference between genius and brilliance!
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