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Selected Short Stories

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  921 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
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Hardcover, 512 pages
Published June 22nd 1999 by Modern Library (first published July 29th 1971)
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What surprised and appealled most about the two dozen stories gathered here, spanning Lawrence’s writing life, was their variety - of style, subject, genre, language, and atmosphere. They are too diverse to read many in quick succession. Conversely, reading them with only a short gap between stories reveals recurring themes.

Unloving Mothers


The most common motif is that of parents, particularly mothers, who don’t or can’t love their children. They are not wicked caricatures. They are solicitous -
Russell George
I remember, when I read Sons and Lovers as a 17 year old, thinking that D H Lawrence was a genius. There were times in these stories that I felt the same, or something similar at least, but at other points I could understand why many people have found him so annoying. He clearly had various difficult, even openly hostile, relationships in his life, but sometimes the way he describes them is so tangential that you forget that there are real people involved. At worst, Lawrence just repeats himself ...more
May 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So I went into reading this with an open mind…really…I did. Well I tried to. This is supposed to be a collection of Lawrence’s best short stories and so I was hoping to enjoy at least a couple of them. To be fair, unlike some of the other collected stories of his works, at least there is a range of subject matter here so it is not merely a series of pictures about the mining community or the portrayal of marriage gone wrong. So if you must buy one collection of Lawrence stories, this is probably ...more
Dec 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love short stories and hunt them out by all my favorite authors. D.H. Lawrence surely is at the top of this list, and at the top of his game with these beauties. They gleam in the candlelight with the same richness as polished wood.
Jun 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some stories were more appealing than others.
Jan 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
great for reading in the bath
Oct 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
He was a great short story writer - better than (most of) his novels I think.
Jan 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
In one of the stories from this wonderful compendium, The Man Who Loved Islands, Lawrence has incorporated several themes and many layers of meaning all in less that twenty-five pages. The man who "loved islands" appears Quixotic as he attempts to create an imaginary island world around himself as he sequesters his being in his book-laden library to write about the birds of the classical world. But his dreams were quickly corroded as the corruption of humanity tainted his imaginary Eden. Suggest ...more
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Each of the stories in this collection (selected from Lawrence's first collection of short stories, published in 1914) is a complex and insightful examination of a different facet of the experience of love--mainly, erotic love, but also the love (or frustration thereof) between parents and children. If you like a happy ending, or like stories in which love is a source primarily of redemption and happiness, you won't like this collection. The characters variously act out of wisdom and self-delusi ...more
Natasha Isaacs
Selected Short Stories by D.H. Lawrence, wrote a book that talks about adult situations and life problems and in all the chapters it's setting was in the United Kingdom (U.K) a guys mother had died and his last word to her was "mother!, should i go to work" and her last word was yes. then on the same day after her son left for work his mother had died. This had left the son in a depression stage where he was losing himself. This book is very detailed has big vocabulary and I recommend this book ...more
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was interesting to refresh myself on some classic D. H. Lawrence. If you're strictly reading this as a period piece, most of the stories are quite humorous, even when they're not 'humorous'. But since I'm a product of my generation, I can still enjoy a number of the stories on their own merit, but the way women are treated in others just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Of course, it then behooves me to read deeper into the milieu and see that, in fact, this author really does respect women, a ...more
Scott Whitney
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had this book on my kindle for some time and am happy I had the time to read it. There are different stories in here which open the view to understand the relationship between men and women and the tragedy which is sometimes love. I think my favorite of the stories is Daughters of the Vickar.
Chas Bayfield
I read this ages ago and wasn't impressed. All the protagonists seemed to be losers, on the brink of exploding with pent up passion. Boys seem unnaturally close to their mothers. The White Stocking, Love Among the Haystacks and Tickets Please stood out.
Note: I am currently reading this for an English class and not all of the short stories are assigned. I'll be reviewing each short story as I complete it. The final rating will be the average among the short stories. Let's see how long this takes me to finish!

Current rating: 3.5

Before I start the actual review of the short stories, I'd like to say that I really enjoyed the introduction by Louise Welsh. Admittedly, I was the type of person who used to skip introductions, because I used to think "
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am continually surprised by how much I am enjoying my modernism texts next year (I hope it continues for Ulysses!)

I have been wanting to read D.H. Lawrence for a while (mainly after seeing Richard Madden topless in Lady Chatterley's Lover...) but I did not know if I would enjoy the short stories. I was pleasantly surprised. While I was not a fan of 'The Man Who Loves Islands' as much, I loved 'Love Among The Haystacks' and 'The White Stocking'. While I did not read all of these (although most
Nadezda Kolokolova
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Купила эту книгу в надежде открыть для себя Дэвида Герберта Лоуренса как великого английского романиста, но как я поняла во время прочтения книги, начинать знакомство с творчеством автора с коротких рассказов не стоило.
Каждый рассказ имеет небольшую сюжетную линию, невообразимо прекрасные описания внешности героев и окружающей их природы,НО мне не хватило задора в этих рассказах. Когда я читала, я как будто находилась в каком-то трансе, а это обычно признак того,что книга мне не нравится.
В общем
Stephen Hawks
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I may not have read all of these but remember one of his short stories that I am sure would be in this collection. It is The Horse dealers Daughter. At 17 it had a profound effect on me and I can almost say that the course of my life was profoundly influenced by its sentiments.
Feb 24, 2008 rated it liked it
A quick read. I particulalry liked "Second Best" but while reading "The White Stocking" I wondered if Lawrence was a chauvinist.

I know it's awful, but I have yet to read "Lady Chatterley's Lover" and "Sons and Lovers."
Abby Farr
I think D.H. Lawrence is, without a doubt, the greatest short story writer in the English language. That said, I wish this collection had included my favorite short story, The Horse Dealer's Daughter. These stories were fantastic.
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book for picking up and reading a short story between longer novels. takes me back to my school days.
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great collection.
Dóra Birgis
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Las eina smásögu, heitir "Einu sinni" á Íslensku
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting reading. The stories just end, not necessarily having been wrapped up.
Sudhamshu Hebbar
Mar 31, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't finish reading the book. Read 4 short stories and found them rather dull. I guess it needs a different state of mind to leisurely read it and appreciate the thoughts.
Apr 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
I gave it a 4/5. What more can I say?
Ups and downs, there are good short stories and some that seem to have been an underdeveloped project.
Evan Schwenk
Dec 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Yes to possible masturbation...the pornography of early twentieth century England. Brilliant.
Feb 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
D.H. Lawrence is so good at short stories...other than The Christening (which was a little boring) I enjoyed this book.
Aug 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
A good collection of short stories by Lawrence.
Jun 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Beautiful, a little sentimental, but lovely
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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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