Thursday, April 29, 2010

Roaring Bert ...

... "Lawrence thinks critics influential and should realize their responsibility," or, D. H. goes to parties.

Lawrence is at his best in short stories and poems. His plays also seem to be getting more respect lately. J.B. Priestley had this to say of him:

Lawrence was fiercely anti-intellectual; but ... he could not escape from being an intellectual himself, could not use thought and self-consciousness to rid himself of thought and self-consciousness; and this dilemma, together with a disease that found some relief in explosions of rage, goes far to explain the anger and bitter intolerance of a man who was at heart friendly and often an enchanting companion.
His travel writing is wonderful and Studies in Classic American Literature a minor masterpiece.

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