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4 Short Novels of D. H. Lawrence: Love Among the Haystacks / The Ladybird / The Fox / The Captain's Doll
4 Short Novels of D H Lawrence Love Among the Haystacks / The Ladybird / The Fox / The Captain's Doll Author:D. H. Lawrence The four short novels in this volume are among the most important, and the most vivid, works of fiction by D. H. Lawrence. — In these tales certain themes which preoccupied Lawrence in his major novels, and elsewhere, attain their clearest, most intense and concentrated expression. — LOVE AMONG THE HAYSTACKS — An early work, dating from 1912, this ... more »subtle story of two brothers' erotic initiation is set in Nottinghamshire, in the hayfields where Lawrence himself had worked with great happiness as a young man.
Written at Taormina, in Sicily, in 1921, this tale of the dark, Dionysian attraction exerted by a Bohemian nobleman over an English beauty is also a war story, and echoes Lawrence's "sheer rage" over what was to him the "mechanical, obsolete, hideous stupidity" of the Great War.
One of the most famous, and perhaps the most perfect, of Lawrence's short novels, "The Fox" was finished at Taormina in 1921. The critic F. R. Leavis has judged it "one of the supreme things among the major tales in the fullness, depth, and unambiguous clarity with which it presents its theme," which is concerned with the life force, as embodied in the wild creature, the fox, and its effect on two young women and a man.
THE CAPTAIN'S DOLL
Of this "very funny long story," set in Germany and Austria in the wake of the 1914-18 War, Lawrence wrote from Sicily in 1921: "I have just got it high up in the mountains of the Tyrol, and don't quite know how to get it down without breaking its neck." He succeeded, and "The Captain's Doll" became one of his most brilliant statements on relations between men and women, and on marriage--as he saw it.« less