D. H. Lawrence: Sons and Lovers

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Sons and Lovers (1913) was D.H. Lawrence’s third novel. As well as being a major step forward for its author, the novel is the major British Bildungsroman of the modernist period. It addresses the pressures on Paul Morel to move out of his father’s class, and cut new ground for the novel by linking early family experience and adult sexual relationships. To represent the ambivalence Lawrence saw in intense personal relationships advances were made in the handling of free indirect style in the novel form. One of the major stories of twentieth-century British social history was the migration by a large part of the population from the working into the middle class, with all the forgetting and feelings of dispossession a…

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Booth, Howard J.. "Sons and Lovers". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 March 2007
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