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D H Lawrence (1885-1930)

At the D H Lawrence page ( we have a comprehensive bibliography of Lawrence's work and ebooks of most of Lawrence's fiction can be accessed from there.

A biography of Lawrence is available from Wikipedia (

The Wikipedia article notes that Lawrence "...was an important and controversial English writer...whose prolific and diverse output included novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, paintings, translations, literary criticism and personal letters. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialisation. In them, Lawrence confronts issues relating to emotional health and vitality, spontaneity, sexuality, and instinctive behaviour."

The article goes on to state that his "...unsettling opinions earned him many enemies and he endured hardships, official persecution, censorship and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life, much of which he spent in a voluntary exile...At the time of his death, his public reputation was that of a pornographer who had wasted his considerable talents. E. M. Forster, in an obituary notice, challenged this widely held view, describing him as 'the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation.'"

In the judgment of many, Lawrence's genius found its happiest expression in his short stories and short novels, which are not weakened by the repetitions which mar some of his longer works. 'The Captain's Doll', 'St. Mawr', 'The Virgin and the Gipsy' and other short works by Lawrence are all available from the Lawrence page at Project Gutenberg of Australia (


When I read Shakespeare I am struck with wonder
That such trivial people should muse and thunder
In such lovely language.

('When I read Shakespeare', 1929)

John Thomas says good night to Lady Jane, a little droopingly, but with hopeful heart.

('Lady Chatterley's Lover,' Ch. 19)

Early Fantasy Stories

A number of this month's postings (including 'The Regent of the North', 'The Enchanted Buffalo', 'The Far Islands', 'The Folk of the Mountain Door' and 'Puss-cat Mew') are early fantasy stories. It is interesting to note that fantasy was alive and well long before writers such as Tolkien came on the scene. The pieces mentioned are short enough to go to them now and have a quick read. "Ah, reading! one of the most delectable modes of getting over the ground through life", as Harry Lorrequer declaimed.

In the scanner - Details of books in progress:

The Lost Girl

Tales of the Ring and Camp
Tales of Pirates and Blue Water
Tales of Twilight and the Unseen
Short Stories (an ebook compiled by Project Gutenberg of Australia from various sources)

All this, and Heaven too


Site Search

Don't forget that we have a 'Google' site search at Did you know that the results are context sensitive? Key in "big brother is watching" and the following result is returned:

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it ran. Inside the flat a fruity voice was reading out a list of figures which had something to do with the..."

Of course, those words were written by George Orwell in his novel, "Nineteen eighty-four". You can click the link to view the entire book.

Last month's postings

A list of all the books we provide is available from Check there to see if there are other works by the authors listed below


May 2007 Dr Thorndyke Short Story Omnibus, by R A Freeman [] 0434A
[Author: R Austin Freeman] or .zip
May 2007 Hurricane Jack of The Vital Spark, Hugh Foulis [] 1528A
[Author's real name: Neil Munro] or .zip
May 2007 Hampshire Days, W H Hudson [] 1527A or .zip
May 2007 Vertical Land, Le Compte de Janzé [] 1526A or .zip
May 2007 The Regent of the North, Kenneth Morris [] 1525A or .zip
May 2007 The Enchanted Buffalo, L Frank Baum [] 1524A or .zip
May 2007 The Far Islands, John Buchan [] 1523A or .zip
May 2007 The Folk of the Mountain Door, William Morris [] 1522A or .zip
May 2007 The Dragon Tamers, E Nesbit [] 1521A or .zip
May 2007 Miss Pym Disposes, Josephine Tey [] 1520A or .zip
May 2007 Puss-cat Mew, E H Knatchbull-Hugessen [] 1519A or .zip
May 2007 The Elves, Ludwig Tieck [] 1518A or .zip
May 2007 The White Peacock, D H Lawrence [] 1517A or .zip
May 2007 The Man Who Died, D H Lawrence [] 1516A or .zip
May 2007 St Mawr, D H Lawrence [] 1515A or .zip

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