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David Herbert Lawrence


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David Herbert Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter who published as D. H. Lawrence. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation. In them, Lawrence confronts issues relating to emotional health and vitality, spontaneity, and ... more »

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  • ''The nearer a conception comes towards finality, the nearer does the dynamic relation, out of which this concept has arisen, draw to a close. To know is to lose.''
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by T. Seltzer (1922). Fantasia of the Unconscious, ch. 6, Viking Compa...
  • The spirit of the place is a strange thing. Our mechanical age tries to override it. But it does not succeed. In the end the strange, sinister spirit of the place, so diverse and adverse in differing ...
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by T. Seltzer (1921). Sea and Sardinia, ch. 3, Doubleday Anchor (1954)...
  • The great living experience for every man is his adventure into the woman.... The man embraces in the woman all that is not himself, and from that one resultant, from that embrace, comes every new act...
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. letter, Feb. 24, 1915, to Bertrand Russell. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, eds. George J. Zy...
  • ''The novel is the one bright book of life. Books are not life. They are only tremulations on the ether. But the novel as a tremulation can make the whole man alive tremble.''
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. "Why the Novel Matters," Phoenix: The Posthumous Papers of D. H. Lawrence, p. 535, Viking P...
  • ''Sex is our deepest form of consciousness. It is utterly non-ideal, non-mental. It is pure blood-consciousness.... It is the consciousness of the night, when the soul is almost asleep.''
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by T. Seltzer (1922). Fantasia of the Unconscious, ch. 14, Viking Comp...
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