Critical essays on D.H. Lawrence /

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Other Authors: Jackson, Fleda Brown, 1944-
Jackson, Dennis, 1945-
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Series:Critical essays on British literature.
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Collections such as this one, which cover a wide range of materials and genres, inevitably have limitations, but the Jacksons have put together what is basically an excellent volume. The 44-page introduction provides a superb evaluative overview of studies on and editions of Lawrence's works, starting with the 1930s, although it emphasizes publications from 1970 to 1985, first by genre and then by modes of criticism. This material is invaluable. The essays themselves have been selected on the basis of their "intrinsic quality," "focus on major works," and/or reflection of "some of the major interests and critical approaches of Lawrence scholars during the past quarter-century." Twelve on individual novels and works of short fiction, as well as two "general" essays, are the most substantial and illuminating. Least satisfying are four on the plays and one on Volume 1 of the Letters because they are mainly short reviews. Finally, the essay on form and theme in an early poem is extremely useful for understanding Lawrence's methods and development as a poet. No bibliography, but the introduction's content and notes, as well as the index, provide copious bibliographic information. Appropriate for college, community college, and graduate students. -J. E. Steiner, Drew University

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