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St. Mawr/The Man Who Died

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  494 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
These two brilliant novels are deservedly among Lawrence's most popular works. Both are at the same time exciting narratives and striking expressions of Lawrence's philosophy. St. Mawr is the story of a splendid stallion in whose vitality the heroine finds the quality that is lacking in the men she knows. It is also the first of Lawrence's writing to be partially set in Am ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published 1971 by Vintage Books (first published 1929)
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May 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
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st mawr - rough and messy novella about a woman's burning desires for an untamed man absent from the modern world, which uses a wild stallion as its metaphor. as if that doesnt drive home the point enough, the final third muses on white women's innate desires for miscegenation. lawrence is one of the first writers (in the english language world anyways) who takes sex seriously as something that adults do and not something to be shunned, omitted or turned into a bawdy joke,
May 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Two quite interesting novellas. The writing in "St. Mawr" once the characters arrive in Arizona is exceptional. Lawrence manages to both explicate his philosophy and write beautifully.
"The Man Who Died" is a rather startling thing, a jolt to one steeped in the Judeo-Christian tradition. I don't know that I could ever be a strict adherent to Lawrence's philosophy, but it is certainly something that will provoke thought. To state it simply, he does make some very good points. A little book I am h
Paul Baker
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The long novella St. Mawr rather dwarfs the short story, The Man Who Died in this slim volume, but both are D. H. Lawrence at his very finest! St. Mawr continues with Lawrence's primary theme of a frustrated woman looking for a man who is full of life, but in this case her inspiration turns out to be an unmanageable stallion. In The Man Who Died, Christ wakes up in his cave still alive and realizes that he has been given a second chance at life. It is extraordinarily beautiful prose and one of t ...more
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Some of the reviews here mentioned "overlong" descriptive passages. I love Lawrence's descriptions, especially of the natural world. That's the main reason I read his work. He helps me see the world anew.
Susan Emmet
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't know why I returned to these novellas forty-five years after reading them in college, but I did.
It's icy cold here now and when folks do gather, they tend to be effusive or withdrawn. Kind of like the characters in Lawrence's two pieces.
I love the imagined new story of Christ's resurrection into human realization, rejection and acceptance. I still admire Lawrence's ability to make sentences and imagery that swell, curve, break and re-form. And to think that Christ might have said, "The t
Apr 21, 2008 rated it liked it
this was the first lawrence i read. i liked it so much more than 'sons and lovers', which i hated. 'st. mawr' has a lot of amazing stuff about the nature of existence, idealism, and good vs. evil. peep this: 'mankind, like a horse, ridden by a stranger, smooth faced, evil rider. evil himself, smooth faced and pseudo handsome, riding mankind past the dead snake, to the last break.' yikes.
'the man who died' is a supposition that jesus didn't actually die on the cross but instead was taken down to
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous, wonderful short novels by one of my favorite authors. "The Man Who Died" is Lawrence's brilliant evocation of a Christ who did not die on the cross, but lives as a man, seeking the meaning of existence as he travels from place to place. I first read it in high school, and it's one of those touchstone books, that makes your brain turn around in it's pan. St. Mawr is another thought-provoking story, in keeping with Lawrence's ongoing exploration of whether or not a true, equal relationsh ...more
Dave Shapiro
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It always amazes me that college courses rarely include these novelettes. The first, The Man Who Died, picks up the story of Jesus after he awakens in the crypt. He finds that he is alive and ready for a new chapter in his life. Like no other author, Lawrence take Jesus through a transformation of unimaginable growth and conclusion.
May 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The Man Who Died was very interesting.

St. Mawr was as well, but only the second time I read it. The first time was for high school English class and I found the endless descriptive passages tedious to get through. Once you've read it, re-reading it is a pleasure because you speed through those parts.
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
St. Mawr is not only one of my favorite DH Lawrence books, but one of my top 5 from the period. Who doesn't love a story about a girl and her horse, and how her man will never measure up to the steed? Me.
Bobby Tula
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classy-lit
I have this 1953 edition cover; its tattered and every time I touch it, it feathers away. But I don't mind it at all.
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature
Great story--full of horse riding symbolism. Especially great is the mother-in-law in this book. I don't remember reading about one so awful.
Juli Rahel
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it
I did really enjoy this story, even though at times I felt it was simply a very long extended metaphore. The protagonist, Lou Witt, is a young woman who starts to feel trapped by society and by the lack of vitality in men. When she sees the horse St. Mawr this is highlighted for her and she becomes more and more frustrated, especially with her own husband. I do recognize myself in this message, although I would extend it to all of society, not just men. There seems to be at times a lack of vital ...more
Dec 07, 2008 rated it liked it
I picked this up from either a thrift store or library sale. Looking at the cover, I thought "oh hey -Viggo Mortensen. That's worth a quarter." The previous owner must have written a paper on St. Mawr. Alot of underlined phrases, encircled paragraphs and occasional question marks. If it were an audio book, it would be like someone getting really close and breathy into the mic during key parts. Really annoying. That and I realized I don't give a crap about a novella about a horse. I'm sure if I g ...more
Natalie Cannon
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the second book I read for my MFA's essay on writing craft with the aim to see how horses fare in literature and I must say I am...filled with mild regret.

Now, Lawrence is obviously a master storyteller. I can't imagine a better capturing of the feelings post WWI, the contrast of loss and too much-ness; the overweighing depression amongst splendor; the turning to nature to fill the void of industrialism. His prose is jaw-dropping. I wouldn't be surprised if Lawrence walked around with th
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Two strange novellas - the first paragraph of the first one and the last paragraph of the second could bookend a great novel, and there are some great quotes and observations, but the narratives fell short. Motive-less dissolute finding truth in wild nature of horse seemed especially weak.
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
Jesus is taken down from the cross too soon and doesn't die. Finds love and life. Unmistakably Lawrence but not top tier. I have to agree with Fr. Maynard, President at SVC when I was there, who said 50 years ago Lawrence should be remembered for his poetry.
Apr 13, 2013 rated it liked it
When you talk about the two most famous banned authors -- D.H. Lawrence and Henry Miller -- it is Lawrence who has always seemed to me to be the more prurient, given the Victorian and repressed nature of sex as he writes of it.

Thus, a horse serving as an underlying sexual metaphor.
Jul 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Both stories are great.
Bill Galen
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Steve Love
Aug 12, 2007 rated it liked it
Two decent stories. The Man Who Died re-imagines Jesus' resurrection. The Jesus in this story is pretty pitiful. In fact, it's pretty safe to say I hated him.
Mar 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Read this for a class at Moody called "images of Christ in the novel". Lawrence's "theology" is most disturbing but it was an interesting read.
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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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