England, My England and Other Stories

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 26, 1990 - Fiction - 285 pages
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The fourteen short stories collected in this volume were written between 1913 and 1921, most of them against the background of the 1914-18 War. All but one were published in slightly different versions by magazines and periodicals on both sides of the Atlantic. Ten were selected and revised by Lawrence for his collection England, My England published in 1922 in the United States and 1924 in Britain. Some of the stories included in this volume are "Tickets Please", "The Blind Man", "Monkey Nuts", "Wintry Peacock", "Hadrian", "Samson and Delilah", "The Primrose Path", "The Horse-Dealer's Daughter", and "The Last Straw". The texts aim to recover Lawrence's own intentions, which editors and publishers all too frequently ignored or altered. Where possible, manuscripts and corrected typescripts are used as base-texts. The introduction traces the composition and revision of the stories, setting them in the context of Lawrence's life and work. The textual apparatus gives variant readings, and explanatory notes identify sources, references and quotations. The 1915 version of "England, My England" is given in an appendix.
 

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I have finally got D.H.Lawrence, in the tightness of a short story, it combines Lawrence's beuatiful observational descriptions of the natural world and a rural england he laments, with his views on passionate relationships between the sexes that are complex and often destructive but in short prose stop him from labouring his point somewhat. These short stories are not too abstract with symbollism, they have an earthiness about them. 

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England My England
5
Tickets Please
34
The Blind Man
46
Monkey Nuts
64
Wintry Peacock
77
Hadrian You Touched Me
92
Samson and Delilah
108
The Primrose Path
123
UNCOLLECTED STORIES 191322
167
The Mortal Coil
169
The Thimble
190
Adolf
201
Rex
209
England My England 1915 version
217
EXPLANATORY NOTES
233
TEXTUAL APPARATUS
253

The HorseDealers Daughter
137
The Last Straw Fanny and Annie
153

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About the author (1990)

D(avid) H(erbert) Lawrence was born on September 11, 1885. His father was a coal miner and Lawrence grew up in a mining town in England. He always hated the mines, however, and frequently used them in his writing to represent both darkness and industrialism, which he despised because he felt it was scarring the English countryside. Lawrence attended high school and college in Nottingham and, after graduation, became a school teacher in Croyden in 1908. Although his first two novels had been unsuccessful, he turned to writing full time when a serious illness forced him to stop teaching. Lawrence spent much of his adult life abroad in Europe, particularly Italy, where he wrote some of his most significant and most controversial novels, including Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterly's Lover. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda, who had left her first husband and her children to live with him, spent several years touring Europe and also lived in New Mexico for a time. Lawrence had been a frail child, and he suffered much of his life from tuberculosis. Eventually, he retired to a sanitorium in Nice, France. He died in France in 1930, at age 44. In his relatively short life, he produced more than 50 volumes of short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel journals, and letters, in addition to the novels for which he is best known.

Bruce Steele is Senior Honorary Research Fellow at Monash University, Victoria. He has edited four volumes in The Cambridge Edition of the Works of D. H. Lawrence, and currently, with Clive Probyn, he is directing Monash University's Henry Handel Richardson project which is producing the first complete critical edition of Richardson's works.