A New Concept of Man
Although DAVID HERBERT LAWRENCE used traditional means of composition, he trod new ground in the subjects he tackled: Social conditions and severe emotional problems. He criticized modern civilization whose demands on the 'social self', in his opinion, had a maiming and alienating effect on the 'natural self'. In his works LAWRENCE was committed to the plea for a new relationship between the sexes and between man and nature. His narratives mirror British working-class life and the changing roles of women at the beginning of the 20th century. They have had a far-reaching influence on European and American writers.
The Prussian Officer (1914) and England, My England (1922) are short story collections by LAWRENCE. The novels he published include:
The White Peacock (1911)
Sons and Lovers (1913)
The Rainbow (1915)
Women in Love (1920)
The Plumed Serpent (1926)
Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928; expurgated edition; complete edition: Paris 1929; first unabridged edition to be published in Great Britain in 1960)
On the score of being obscene Lady Chatterley’s Lover gave rise to much controversy, before its literary merits were fully acknowledged.
DAVID HERBERT LAWRENCE (1885 bis 1930)