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Pilgrims

David Ellis

in Death and the Author: How D. H. Lawrence Died, and Was Remembered

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199546657
eISBN:
9780191701443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546657.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter discusses the death and funeral of Lawrence. The rapidity with which Lawrence was buried meant that there was no opportunity for members of his family, or for his friends from England, ... More


Bert and Jessie, 1901–1909

Neil Roberts

in Sons and Lovers: The Biography of a Novel

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781942954187
eISBN:
9781786944139
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954187.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter traces Lawrence’s family history and relationship with Jessie Chambers over the period 1901-1909, focussing on key episodes in the autobiographical background to the novel, especially ... More


Life before Frieda

David Ellis

in Love and Sex in D. H. Lawrence

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781942954026
eISBN:
9781786945174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954026.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter begins by describing the deep impression made on Lawrence by Schopenhauer’s essay on `The Metaphysics of Love’, with its reduction of all love to a sexual, or more precisely reproductive ... More


‘The death-blow to our friendship’, ‘Paul Morel III’, February–June 1912

Neil Roberts

in Sons and Lovers: The Biography of a Novel

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781942954187
eISBN:
9781786944139
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954187.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Lawrence wrote the third draft between November 1911 and April 1912. Jessie was initially delighted by the realism with which Lawrence rendered working-class family life. Lawrence made use of her ... More


‘The Saga of Siegmund’ and the Test on Lawrence, 1909–1910

Neil Roberts

in Sons and Lovers: The Biography of a Novel

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781942954187
eISBN:
9781786944139
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954187.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

At the end of 1909 Lawrence suddenly decided that he wanted a sexual relationship with Jessie Chambers, after having denied this for years. This chapter examines the background to the failed sexual ... More


Introduction

Neil Roberts

in Sons and Lovers: The Biography of a Novel

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781942954187
eISBN:
9781786944139
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954187.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Lawrence wrote Sons and Lovers in four drafts over a period of two years. When he began it he was an elementary school teacher in London, contemplating his mother’s approaching death. When he ... More


Sons and Lovers: The Biography of a Novel

Neil Roberts

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781942954187
eISBN:
9781786944139
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954187.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Lawrence’s autobiographical novel Sons and Lovers was written in four drafts between August 1910 and November 1912. During that period Lawrence’s mother died, he finally broke with Jessie Chambers, ... More


Epilogue, 1912–1913

Neil Roberts

in Sons and Lovers: The Biography of a Novel

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781942954187
eISBN:
9781786944139
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954187.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Lawrence's mentor Edward Garnett, who had brokered publication with Duckworth, cut the manuscript by about ten per cent. This weakened the role of Paul's brother William, which justifies the plural ... More


Re-enter Jessie, 1911–1912

Neil Roberts

in Sons and Lovers: The Biography of a Novel

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781942954187
eISBN:
9781786944139
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954187.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Jessie’s criticism was crucial to Paul Morel’s transformation into one of the great novels of the twentieth century. She advised Lawrence to stay much closer to actuality, and in particular to ... More


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