D. H. Lawrence: An American Interpretation

D. H. Lawrence: An American Interpretation

D. H. Lawrence: An American Interpretation

D. H. Lawrence: An American Interpretation

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D. H. Lawrence is thirty-seven years old. "He was born in a coal-miner's cottage in the little colliery town of Eastwood, on the border line between Nottingham and Derbyshire. The home was poor, yet not without certain aspirations and refinements. It was the mother who held it together, who saved it from a still more abject poverty, and who filled it with a spirit that made it possible. for her boy--her youngest son--to keep alive the gifts still slumbering undiscovered within him. In Sons and Lovers we get the picture of just such a home and such a mother, and it seems safe to conclude that the novel in question is in many ways autobiographical.

"At the age of twelve the boy won a County Council Scholarship--and came near having to give it up because he found that the fifteen pounds a year conferred by it would barely pay the fees at the Nottingham High School and the railway fares to that city. But his mother's determination and self-sacrifice carried him safely past the seemingly impossible. At sixteen he left school to earn his living as clerk. Illness saved him from that uncongenial fate. Instead he became a teacher, having charge . . .

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