Sons and Lovers

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OUP Oxford, Feb 26, 2009 - Fiction - 484 pages
Lawrence's first major novel was also the first in the English language to explore ordinary working-class life from the inside. No writer before or since has written so well about the intimacies enforced by a tightly-knit mining community and by a family where feelings are never hidden for long. When the marriage between Walter Morel and his sensitive, high-minded wife begins to break down, the bitterness of their frustration seeps into their children's lives. Their second son, Paul, craves the warmth of family and community, but knows that he must sacrifice everything in the struggle for independence if he is not to repeat his parents' failure. Lawrence's powerful description of Paul's single-minded efforts to define himself sexually and emotionally through relationships with two women - the innocent, old-fashioned Miriam Leivers and the experienced, provocatively modern Clara Dawes - makes this a novel as much for the beginning of the twenty-first century as it was for the beginning of the twentieth. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Contents

The Early Married Life of the Morels
5
The Birth of Paul and Another Battle
34
The Casting Off of MorelThe Taking On of William
55
The Young Life of Paul
69
Paul Launches into Life
98
Death in the Family
132
LadandGirl Love
165
Strife in Love
207
Clara
287
The Test on Miriam
315
Passion
341
Baxter Dawes
386
The Release
428
Derelict
462
Appendix
475
Copyright

Defeat of Miriam
246

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About the author (2009)

David Trotter is Quain Professor of English Language and Literature at University College, London.

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