Sons and Lovers
Hard Cover. London: Duckworth & Co., 1913. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition, second issue as usual; with dated title page tipped in, and 20 pages of advertisements. Publisher's dark blue cloth, titles stamped in gilt to front board and spine, double-ruled border in blind to front board. Very good with a touch of fading to spine, first 20 or so pages with a small dark spot to top corner, hinges cracked and holding. Overall, an attractive copy of Lawrence's masterpiece. Roberts A4. In D. H. Lawrence's third novel, Sons and Lovers, Paul Morel grows up in a household with a cold father, who is a coal miner, and an overly possessive mother. As Paul matures, his emotional conflicts prevent him from having intimate romantic relationships with two separate women. A groundbreaking work, it explores the effects of early childhood on later life, and many Freudian theories of psychology including the Oedipal complex. Lawrence, the son of a coal miner and overbearing mother himself, based the book closely on his own life. His publisher edited out roughly ten percent of the novel prior to its being released due to concerns over its erotic content. Controversy surrounding the book foreshadowed the obscenity trials of Lawrence's later masterpieces, The Rainbow and Lady Chatterley's Lover. Sons and Lovers is acclaimed as one of the best novels of the of the 20th century, and it was adapted into the Academy Award winning film of the same name in 1960.