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D.H. Lawrence's renowned creativity is conspicuous in his letters. He wrote to aristocrats, fellow authors, painters, publishers, and others from the intelligentsia—but 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 b

Paperback, 188 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Penguin Classics (first published 1932)
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M. Sarki
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...more
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...
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.
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David Herbert Richards Lawrence was an English writer of the 20th century, whose prolific and diverse output included novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, paintings, translations, literary criticism and personal letters. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialisation. In them, Lawrence confronts issues rel...more
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“For God’s sake, let us be men
not monkeys minding machines
or sitting with our tails curled
while the machine amuses us, the radio or film or gramophone.

Monkeys with a bland grin on our faces.”
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