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Lawrence's brilliant story of two women and the intruder who threatens their love.
El escritor E.M. Forster, coetáneo y amigo de Lawrence, le consideraba el novelista de su generación más imaginativo. Esta afirmación es más que evidente en las siete novelas cortas que escribió en el transcurso de su vida y que el lector encontrará en este volumen. En El muñeco del capitán, El zorro y La mariquita, publicadas conjuntamente y por primera vez en 1932, Lawrence expresa su punto de vista sobre el poder y el liderazgo del mundo tras la Primera Guerra Mundial.La virgen y el gitano y La princesa son dos hermosas historias muy bien trazadas, mientras que en St Mawr, situada en Nuevo México, y El gallo escapado, una extraordinaria reescritura de la resurrección de Jesucristo, el autor evoca la riqueza y profundidad del símbolo. La edición que el lector tiene en sus manos ha sido revisada y corregida a la luz de las versiones publicadas por Cambridge University Press en 1983, 1992 y 2005.«Es un intoxicador... ¿Ha existido nunca alguien tan capaz como él de dar vida a gentes y lugares de forma tan intensa?»Doris Lessing
Lady Chatterley's Lover was inspired by the long-standing affair between Frieda, Lawrence's aristocratic German wife, and an Italian peasant who eventually became her third husband; Lawrence's struggle with sexual impotence; and the circumstances of his and Frieda's courtship and the early years of their marriage. Constance Chatterley, married to an aristocrat and mine owner whose war wounds have left him paralyzed and impotent, has an affair with Mellors, a gamekeeper, becomes pregnant, and considers abandoning her husband. One of the seminal class novels of the century, it was considered flagrantly pornographic when first published in 1928. The book also exists in two other, completely different versions: The First Lady Chatterley and John Thomas and Lady Jane. Lawrence considered Lady Chatterley's Lover to be definitive, and the one least likely to be prosecuted, and although its early banning proved him wrong, a famous obscenity trial some three decades after his death in 1930 finally cleared it for wider dissemination.
When first published privately in Italy, in 1928, Lady Chatterly's Lover was too risqué for readers and was considered unprintable. It wasn't until three decades later, in 1960, that the novel could be printed openly in the United Kingdom. Much debate has gone into what constitutes erotic literature; but whether the novel was about a scandalous affair or a quest for purity, or about the class system and social conflict, one needs to read it for oneself to find the message that lies within.
FIRST PUBLISHED in a single volume in 1883, the stories collected in Little Novels of Sicily are drawn from the Sicily of Giovanni Verga's childhood, reported at the time to be the poorest place in Europe. Verga's style is swift, sure, and implacable; he plunges into his stories almost in midbreath, and tells them with a stark economy of words. There's something dark and tightly coiled at the heart of each story, an ironic, bitter resolution that is belied by the deceptive simplicity of Verga's prose, and Verga strikes just when the reader's not expecting it.Translator D. H. Lawrence surely found echoes of his own upbringing in Verga's sketches of Sicilian life: the class struggle between property owners and tenants, the relationship between men and the land, and the unsentimental, sometimes startlingly lyric evocation of the landscape. Just as Lawrence veers between loving and despising the industrial North and its people, so too Verga shifts between affection for and ironic detachment from the superstitious, uneducated, downtrodden working poor of Sicily. If Verga reserves pity for anyone or anything, it is the children and the animals, but he doesn't spare them. In his experience, it is the innocents who suffer first and last and always."The Little Novels of Sicily have that sense of the wholeness of life, the spare exuberance, the endless inflections and overtones, and the magnificent and thrilling vitality of major literature."-- The New York Times"In these stories the whole Sicily of the 1860s lives before us . . . and whether his subject be the brutal bloodshed of an abortive revolution or the simple human comedy that can attend even deep mourning, Verga never loses his complete artistic mastery of his material."-- The Times Literary SupplementFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
"The Lost Girl," D. H. Lawrence's forgotten novel, is a passionate tale of longing and sexual defiance, of devastation and destitution. Alvina Houghton, the daughter of a widowed Midlands draper, comes of age just as her father's business is failing. In a desperate attempt to regain his fortune and secure his daughter's proper upbringing, James Houghton buys a theater. Among the traveling performers he employs is Ciccio, a sensual Italian who immediately captures Alvina's attention. Fleeing with him to Naples, she leaves her safe world behind and enters one of sexual awakening, desire, and fleeting freedom.
Olor a crisantemos, escrito en 1909 y por tanto, parte del denominado periodo formativo de D.H. Lawrence, en el que sus cuentos todavía podían considerarse naturalistas, es un relato sobrecogedor inspirado en la muerte de su tío, James Lawrence, en el derrumbamiento de la mina de Brinsley, y en la vida de sus padres. Lawrence escribió en el transcurso de su vida más de cincuenta relatos, muy poco conocidos, y todo ellos extraordinarios y esenciales para comprender a uno de los escritores británicos más relevantes del siglo XX, tristemente conocido por los escándalos que rodearon su obra y el rechazo de sus contemporáneos, que por su agudeza a la hora de comprender los males del siglo.Este relato forma parte de la antología Tú me acariciaste y otros relatos.
The story of 3 generations of a passionate Nottinghamshire family whose love affairs move backward and forward across the years. Part 1 of Lawrence's trilogy, that also includes Women In Love and Aaron's Rod.
In January 1921, D. H. Lawrence and his wife Frieda visited Sardinia. Although the trip lasted only nine days, Lawrence wrote an intriguing account of Sardinian life that not only evokes the place, people and local customs but is also deeply revealing about the writer himself. Remarkable for its metaphoric and symbolic descriptions, the book is transfused with the author's anger and joy. His prejudices and his political prophecies make "Sea and Sardinia" a unique and dynamic piece of travel writing.
D. H. Lawrence's great autobiographical novel is a provocative portrait of an artist torn between love for his possessive mother and desire for two young beautiful women. Set in the Nottinghamshire coal fields of Lawrence's own boyhood, the story of young Paul Morel's growing into manhood in a British working-class family rife with conflict reveals both an inner and an outer world seething with intense emotions. Gertrude is Paul's puritanical mother who concentrates all her love and attention on her s...
D. H. Lawrence's great autobiographical novel paints a provocative portrait of an artist torn between affection for his mother and desire for two beautiful women. Set in the Nottinghamshire coalfields of Lawrence's own boyhood, the story follows young Paul Morel's growth into manhood in a British working-class family. Gertrude Morel, Paul's puritanical mother, concentrates all her love and attention on Paul, nurturing his talents as a painter. When she muses that he might marry someday and desert her, the attentive son swears he will never leave her. Then Paul falls in love--with not one woman but two--and must eventually choose between them....
Sus primeros relatos a menudo han sido construidos sobre experiencias personales, como «Las sombras de la primavera», una recreación de la relación amorosa del autor con Jessie Chambers.El horror de la Primera Guerra Mundial aparece en «El oficial prusiano» y «Embrollo mortal», que explora el vínculo entre las batallas sexuales y las militares.El desarrollo de las ideas de Lawrence sobre la dualidad esencial de nuestras vidas se expresa poderosamente en sus últimos cuentos, como «Cosas». Pero, por encima de todo, estos relatos ilustran la apasionada creencia del autor en las fuerzas destructivas que operan en la sociedad moderna y sus efectos sobre el amor entre hombres y mujeres. La edición que el lector tiene en sus manos ha sido revisada y corregida a la luz de las versiones publicadas por Cambridge University Press en 1983, 1987, 1990, 1995 y 2005.«Un genio creativo único.»Daily Telegraph
The Virgin and the Gipsy was discovered in France after D. H. Lawrence's death in 1930. Immediately recognized as a masterpiece in which Lawrence had distilled and purified his ideas about sexuality and morality, The Virgin and the Gipsy has become a classic and is one of Lawrence's most electrifying short novels.Set in a small village in the English countryside, this is the story of a secluded, sensitive rector's daughter who yearns for meaning beyond the life to which she seems doomed. When she meets a handsome young gipsy whose life appears different from hers in every way, she is immediately smitten and yet still paralyzed by her own fear and social convention. Not until a natural catastrophe suddenly, miraculously sweeps away the world as she knew it does a new world of passion open for her. Lawrence's spirit is infused by all his tenderness, passion, and knowledge of the human soul.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Two novellas deal with the themes of escape and sexual awakening, which are echoed in the four short stories and three fragments also collected here. This edition restores Lawrence's final texts, before the changes introduced by censorship, mistakes in transmission and various other forms of interference, with variants recorded.
In Women in Love (1920), Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen who first appeared in Lawrence's earlier novel, The Rainbow, take center stage as Lawrence explores their growth and development in their relationships with two powerful men, Rupert Birkin and his friend Gerald Crich. A novel of regeneration and dark, destructive human passion, Women in Love reflects the impact on Lawrence of the First World War in the potential both for annihilation and salvation of the self. A full introduction and detailed notes offer an illuminating discourse on one of Lawrence's most extraordinary, innovative, and unsettling works.
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