D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

A selective list of online literary criticism for the twentieth-century English poet, novelist, and short story writer D.H. Lawrence, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


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introduction & biography

"D.H. Lawrence." A short biography. Also, on Lawrence as a poet, "A Brief Guide to Imagism." Academy of American Poets.

"D.H. Lawrence." A very brief (one paragraph) article on Lawrence, and text for a handful of his poems, from the Poetry Foundation.

Maddox, Brenda. A review of The Story of a Marriage (Simon & Schuster 1994), a biography of D.H. Lawrence that approaches him through his marriage to Baroness Frieda von Richthofen Weekley. NYTimes, 14 Nov. 1994.

Worthen, John. Two reviews of Worthen's biography of Lawrence, D.H. Lawrence: The Life of an Outsider (Counterpoint 2005). Poet Andrew Motion admires Worthen's effort to rehabilitate Lawrence's reputation, but objects that Worthen undervalues Lawrence's poetry. The Guardian 5 March 2005. Another review, by Elizabeth Tallent in Threepenny Review Spring 2007.

Jones, Jonathan. A review of Keith Sagar's D.H. Lawrence's Paintings. Notes Jones: "D.H. Lawrence's paintings contain all the raw sexuality promised by his writings, and their nudity duly threw the establishment into turmoil." The Guardian 8 Nov. 2003.

Phillips, Ivan. An introduction to D.H. Lawrence, from the Literary Encyclopedia 28 June 2002. On The Rainbow (1915); Women in Love (1920) [subscription service].

Kendrick, Walter. "A Thing About Men, and a Thing About Women." Discussing Brenda Maddox's biography of Lawrence, Prof. Kendrick ponders whether Lawrence was homosexual. NYTimes, 27 Nov. 1994.


literary criticism

Balbert, Peter. "Courage at the Border-Line: Balder, Hemingway, and Lawrence's The Captain's Doll." Says Balbert, "No critic has sufficiently focused on this crucial process of the reconstruction of Hepburn's ego and energy [in The Captain's Doll]. It is a transformation best understood first in the light of the emotional changes and idiosyncrasies of the major characters, and then in the context of Lawrence's adaptation of a well-known Scandinavian mythology to frame key aspects of the symbolism and action in the novella." Papers on Language and Literature 42, 3 (Summer 2006) [subscription service, questia].

Delany, Paul. "'A Would-be-dirty Mind': D.H. Lawrence as an Enemy of Joyce." Prof. Delany contrasts D.H. Lawrence and James Joyce.

Delany, Paul. "'Giving your self away': Lawrence's Letters in Context." On the editorial practices in The Cambridge Edition of the Letters and Works of D.H. Lawrence. Delany presents a careful analysis of the principles involved in editing modernist correspondence.

Doherty, Gerald. "The art of appropriation: the rhetoric of sexuality in D.H. Lawrence." Style 30 (Summer 1996) [sub ser, questia].

Dyson, Donald A. "D.H. Lawrence and the Ethical Approach to Literary Criticism." Poetry Nation 3 (1974).

Green, Jared F. "Modernism's dirty little secret." Novel: A Forum on Fiction Fall 2001 [first page only,blurred, jstor].

Martin, W.R. "Fancy or Imagination? 'The Rocking-Horse Winner.'" Martin defends Lawrence's often-taught short story against the strictures of F.R. Leavis and Graham Hough. College English 24, 1 (Oct. 1962) [subscription service, which also makes available through this page 13 additional scholarly articles on "The Rocking-Horse Winner"].

Murray, Brian. A review of Weldon Thornton's D.H. Lawrence: A Study of the Short Fiction (Twayne's Studies in Short Fiction). Says Murray, "Thornton has no blunt ideological ax to grind. He firmly believes, however, that Lawrence's moody, evocative, and 'elusive' stories must be 'given the close attention they deserve.'" Covers "Odour of Chrysanthemums," "The Blind Man," and "You Touched Me," "England, My England" and "The Woman Who Rode Away." Studies in Short Fiction Winter 1996 [gone].

Neilson, Brett. "D.H. Lawrence's 'Dark Page': narrative primitivism in Women in Love and The Plumed Serpent." Twentieth Century Literature Fall 1997 [first page only, blurred, jstor].

Peters, Joan Douglas. "Rhetoric as Idea: D.H. Lawrence's Genre Theory." Style Spring 2000 [sub ser, questia].

Pinto, V. de S. Two reviews: of Keith Sagar's The Art of D.H. Lawrence and of David J. Gordon's D.H. Lawrence as Literary Critic. Says the reviewer, "Keith Sagar has produced perhaps the most useful study of Lawrence that has appeared since F.R. Leavis's D.H. Lawrence Novelist." The Review of English Studies 18 (Aug. 1967) [first page only, blurred, jstor].

Rexroth, Kenneth. "Poetry, Regeneration, and D.H. Lawrence." Poet Kenneth Rexroth writes, "Lawrence's free verse in Birds, Beasts, and Flowers is among the best ever written." Introduction to D.H. Lawrence's Selected Poems (New Directions 1947).

Smith, Jad. "Völkisch Organicism and the Use of Primitivism in Lawrence's The Plumed Serpent." Smith contends that "using a proto-fascist ideology as subject matter for a novel or depicting an authoritarian leadership cult, even sympathetically at moments, does not necessarily or ultimately indicate an endorsement of fascist politics." D.H. Lawrence Review 30, 3 (2002).

Stewart, Jack. "Linguistic incantation and parody in Women in Love." Style Spring 1996 [sub ser, questia].


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