Selected Critical Writings

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Art criticism - 365 pages
'A critic must be able to feel the impact of a work of art in all its complexity and force. To do so, he must be a man of force and complexity himself...''A critic must be emotionally alive in every fibre, intellectually capable and skilful in essential logic, and then morally very honest.'These comments by D. H. Lawrence are as close a description as any of himself as a critic. They come from his essay on fellow novelist John Galsworthy, and there are many other pieces on novels and novelists in this selection. But Lawrence's range of genres extends to poetry and plays andpaintings, and his critical writing encompasses an enormous variety of subjects, from Aeschylus and the Apocalypse to symbolism and syphilis, for his nterests are philosophical , psychological, religious, moral, sociological, historical and cultural as well as literary and artistic. This selectionis a treasure-trove of `thought adventures' by one of literature's liveliest critical spirits.

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Contents

Thomas Mann 1913
3
from Study of Thomas Hardy 1914
9
Poetry of the Present 1922
75
The Spirit of Place 1922
90
Fenimore Coopers Leatherstocking Novels 1922
97
Herman Melvilles Typee and Omoo 1922
113
Herman Melvilles Moby Dick 1922
126
The Future of the Novel 1923
142
Him With His Tail in His Mouth 1925
191
Review of Hadrian the Seventh 1925
200
John Galsworthy 1927
210
Introduction to Mastrodon Gesualdo 1927
223
Chaos in Poetry 1928
234
Review of Four Contemporary Books 1928
244
Introduction to These Paintings 1929
248
Introduction to Pansies 1929
284

The Proper Study 1923
153
Review of The Book of Revelation 1924
159
Art and Morality 1925
167
Morality and the Novel 1925
173
Introduction to The Dragon of the Apocalypse 1930
314
Explanatory Notes
327
Index
357
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Michael Herbert is lecturer in English Language and Literature at the University of St Andrews.

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