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.

Callow, Philip. "D. H. Lawrence Arrives in New Mexico." New England Review 24, 2 (Spring 2003) pp 121-31 [free at jstor].

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.

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.

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).

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].

literary criticism

Bell, Millicent. "D. H. Lawrence and the Flight from History." The Sewanee Review 106, 4 (Fall 1998) pp 604-18 [free at jstor].

Burack, Charles M. "Revitalizing the reader: literary technique and the language of sacred experience in D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover." Style 32, 1 (Spring 1998) [questia sub ser].

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

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

Doherty, Gerald. "Metaphor and mental disturbance: the case of Lady Chatterley's Lover." Style Spring 1996 [questia sub ser].

Goodman, Charlotte. "Henry James, D. H. Lawrence, and the Victimized Child." Goodman considers similarities in "England My England" and "The Author of Beltraffio," and in "The Rocking-horse Winner" and "The Pupil." Modern Language Studies 10, 1 (Winter 1979/1980) pp 43-51 [free at jstor].

Gutierrez, Donald. "The Ancient Imagination of D. H. Lawrence." Twentieth Century Literature 27, 2 (Summer 1981) pp 178-96 [free at jstor].

Kleinbard, David. "D. H. Lawrence and Ontological Insecurity." PMLA 89, 1 (Jan. 1974) pp 154-63 [free at 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) pp 64-65 [free at jstor].

Mellown, Elgin W. "Music and Dance in D.H. Lawrence.'" Journal of Modern Literature 21, 1 (Summer 1997) pp 49-60 [free at jstor].

Neilson, Brett. "D. H. Lawrence's 'Dark Page': narrative primitivism in Women in Love and The Plumed Serpent." Twentieth Century Literature 43, 3 (Fall 1997) pp 310-25 [free at jstor].

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

Schneider, Daniel J. "Schopenhauer and the Development of D. H. Lawrence's Psychology." South Atlantic Review 48, 1 (Jan. 1983) pp 1-19 [free at jstor].

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 [questia sub ser].

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