D.H. Lawrence's renowned creativity is conspicuous in his letters. He wrote to aristocrats, fellow authors, painters, publishers, and others from the intelligentsiabut with equal concern to his sisters, a childhood friend suffering from tuberculosis, a post office clerk or an Italian servant-girl. Lawrence reveled in the act of communication, using a direct, unvarnished buD.H. Lawrence's renowned creativity is conspicuous in his letters. He wrote to aristocrats, fellow authors, painters, publishers, and others from the intelligentsiabut with equal concern to his sisters, a childhood friend suffering from tuberculosis, a post office clerk or an Italian servant-girl. Lawrence reveled in the act of communication, using a direct, unvarnished but invariably vivid style appropriate to each correspondent. In this book, over 330 of Lawrence's letters, carefully chosen from the authoritative seven-volume Cambridge Edition exemplify Lawrence's artistry and humanness. In his introductory essay James T. Boulton provides a rare critical assessment of Lawrence's epistolary achievement. There are annotations to the letters, a biographical list of correspondents, brief chronological and descriptive introductions to each section and a full general index. This selection will appeal to Lawrence aficionados and will make good companion reading to his works....
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Selected Letters Reviews
I did follow the advice of Geoff Dyer and I read these Selected letters. D.H. Lawrence was not only a fine letter-writer, he was timely and persistent. Reading these letters in conjunction with a couple biographies and a personal triptych memoir regarding his travels in Italy, a reliable bullshit meter is installed, equipped, and in good operating condition. Even if the person of Lawrence was a beast at times, he remained charming until the end, and what impressed me the most about his life-long battle with lung disease was how he somehow remained in amazing, unparalleled denial throughout the duration, even within a couple days before he finally succumbed. Two snippets below can act for you as teasers:To Ernest Collins, 17 January 1913"...My great religion is a belief in the blood, the flesh, as being wiser than the intellect. We can go wrong in our minds. But what our blood feels and believes and says, is always true. The intellect is only a bit and a bridle. ... We have got so ridiculously mindful, that we never know that we ourselves are anything — we think there are only the objects we shine upon. ... A flame isn't a flame because it lights up two, or twenty objects on a table. It's a flame because it is itself. And we have forgotten ourselves. ... The real way of living is to answer to one's wants. Not 'I want to light up with my intelligence as many things as possible' — but 'For the living of my full flame — I want that liberty, I want that woman, I want that pound of peaches, I want to go to sleep, I want to go to the pub and have a good time, I want to look a beastly swell today, I want to kiss that girl, I want to insult that man.' — Instead of that, all these wants, which are there whether-or-not, are utterly ignored, and we talk about some sort of ideas."-------------------------------------------------------------------------Letter to Mabel Dodge Luhan9 Aug 1928re: Lady Chatterly's Lover"...makes one hate hypocrisy and prudery more than ever — and people as a bulk."
I'm a big Lawrence fan, and so this correspondence is fascinating to read as we follow him through England and out to New Mexico. Lawrence's fictional characters were very close to people he knew, and what's especially interesting is his attempts to soothe the ruffled feathers of people who were hurt by his portrayal of them.
Being a fan of Lawrence's fiction, I was super excited to borrow this book and check out some letters. This is the first collection of letters I've read, by anyone, and I'm loving it. What a strange, volatile, imaginative, impulsive, passionate, perceptive, at times obsessive mind Lawrence has! This may be the best kind of biography...