Sons and Lovers Author:D. H. Lawrence With the publication in 1913 of Sons and Lovers, his third novel, D.H. Lawrence was established as an important, though controversial, writer. Since that time he has been accorded a place among the major figures of English literature, and Sons and Lovers has become his most popular and, to many critics, his most significant work. — Autobiographic... more »al in origin, it is the story of an English coal-mining family at the turn of the century and particularly concerns the coming of age of one son, Paul. The relationships of this family group prefigure the famous Lawrence leitmotiv of the eternal struggle for sexual power. The dominant, unsatisfied wife and mother and the ineffectual husband and father personify this battle; and her unconscious arrogation of the children's affection and support, especially as this effects the personality of Paul, dramatizes the influences of the unsatisfied, unfulfilled mother on her progeny.
Few novelists have combined as did Lawrence such rich creative gifts with such a penetrating critical intellect.
D.H. Lawrence paints a portrait of an artist torn between affection for his mother and desire for two young beauties. Set in the coalfields of Lawrence's youth, the story follows Paul Morel's growth into manhood in a British working-class family.« less