D. H. Lawrence: An Indiscretion

D. H. Lawrence: An Indiscretion

D. H. Lawrence: An Indiscretion

D. H. Lawrence: An Indiscretion

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DH. LAWRENCE is a great living example of the English Heretic. Continental nations follow a doctrine--that is called being Catholic; the English follow a man--that is called being Heretical. The Christians began by following a man, but the Roman Empire soon saw to it that they transformed the man into a doctrine, a good many doctrines. The same principles are at work in our modern intellectual life. In France they found a movement, Symbolisme, or Cubisme, or Thomisme; everybody joins it, except a small opposition necessary for mutual advertisement, and in ten years la gloire is conquered. In England it is just the opposite; we hang onto our independence with morose determination. Our great men, and our little men, are always looking for opportunities to abandon the movement or the majority. In France, royal favour and a pension, or nowadays a red button rosette and a seat in the Academy, are the marks of literary glory. In . . .

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