Selected Criticism
D. H. Lawrence

No selection of Lawrence’s criticism is currently in print, so this book supplies an obvious need. Lawrence is the best English critic there has ever been or is ever likely to be! Not that he is always right or has said the last word on anything (such is not the nature of great criticism) but if anyone ever fulfilled the Arnold idea of “seeing the object as in itself it really is” Lawrence did, and his penetration and depth of judgement are matchless. Lawrence is particularly necessary at the present time as a living rebuke to academic criticism that loses touch both with the art it discusses and what Wordsworth called the “language of men”. Lawrence singlemindedly and also, often, very funnily, concentrates on what matters.

Introduction page vii
1  Selections from Study of Thomas Hardy 1
2  Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Novels 57
3  Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Scarlet Letter 73
4  Herman Melville's Moby Dick 90
5  Thomas Mann 106
6  John Galsworthy 112
7  Mastro-don Gesualdo 125
8  Cavalleria Rusticana 134
9  The Grand Inquisitor 146
10 Surgery for the Novel—Or a Bomb 155
11 Art and Morality 160
12 Morality and the Novel 166
13 Why the Novel Matters 172
14 The Novel 178
15 Books 190
16 The Theatre (from Twilight in Italy) 195
17 Personality 211
18 A Propos of Lady Chatterley's Lover 216
19 Pornography and Obscenity 249
20 Introduction to These Paintings 269
Notes & References 307

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