Sons and Lovers by D.H. LawrenceShe was a brazen hussy.
She wasnt. And she was pretty, wasnt she?
I didnt look ... And tell your girls, my son, that when theyre running after you, theyre not to come and ask your mother for you - tell them that - brazen baggages you meet at dancing classes
The marriage of Gertrude and Walter Morel has become a battleground. Repelled by her uneducated and sometimes violent husband, delicate Gertrude devotes her life to her children, especially to her sons, William and Paul - determined they will not follow their father into working down the coal mines. But conflict is evitable when Paul seeks to escape his mothers suffocating grasp through relationships with women his own age. Set in Lawrences native Nottinghamshire, Sons and Lovers is a highly autobiographical and compelling portrayal of childhood, adolescence and the clash of generations.
Sons and Lovers: a century on
The author used the opportunity to reexamine his childhood, his relationship with his mother, and her psychological effect on his sexuality. At the time of publication, Sons and Lovers was criticized for being obscene. But the novel endured. It has been adapted for film multiple times, including the Academy Award winning film. The Modern Library placed it ninth on their list of the best novels of the 20th century. Gerald Duckworth and Company Ltd.
Sons and Lovers , semiautobiographical novel by D. Lawrence , published in His first mature novel, it is a psychological study of the familial and love relationships of a working-class English family. The novel revolves around Paul Morel, a sensitive young artist whose love for his mother, Gertrude, overshadows his romances with two women: Miriam Leivers, his repressed, religious girlfriend, and Clara Dawes, an experienced, independent married woman. Unable to watch his mother die slowly of cancer, Paul kills her with morphine.