D. H. Lawrence: A Literary Life by John Worthen (auth.)

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SOl) But Garnett obviously advised him not to accept Pinker's offer: Garnett was very conscious of having acquired Lawrence and his novels for Duckworth, and he certainly didn't want Lawrence going elsewhere. If the price for keeping Lawrence as one of Duckworth's authors was working on Lawrence's behalf - then it was work he was happy to do. It was in the same spirit that, in the winter of 1912, he had taken on the job of cutting Sons and Lovers for Duckworth. Lawrence, however, continued to worry about the nuisance he was being; in the summer of 1913, for example, when he had written another three stories before returning to England, he told Garnett about them, and commented: I might send them away, mightn't I.

117). However, Lawrence himself suspected that the book's relative failure was due to his 'erotic' reputation, and the book's supposed immorality. ' - yet: I don't know whether it has sold so well. The damned prigs in the libraries and bookshops daren't handle me because they pretend they are delicate skinned and I am hot. May they fry in Hell. 47) The libraries had at one stage apparently agreed to take the book, yet this suggests that there continued to be problems. ) A month later, on 4 September 1913, we find Lawrence sadly responding to the news from Garnett that 'Sons and Lovers has gone down so - God grant it may pick up - though that is not what things usually do' (Letters, II, p.

He also acted as agent for some American magazines. He had written to Lawrence in August 1911 asking for stories for The Century. Lawrence sent him two, and asked for criticism of them; and Garnett had a wonderfully sharp eye for the strengths and weaknesses of writing. Not only did he send helpful criticism about how to revise the early 'Daughters of the Vicar', he made Lawrence feel (wrongly, as it turned out) that the story was eminently publishable; and he also asked to meet Lawrence. The latter went to see him in London early in October, and made a deep impression on Garnett; he paid the first of many visits to Garnett's country home, called The Cearne, a fortnight later.

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