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D.H. Lawrence, Music and Modernism

  • Connects Lawrence studies with studies of literary modernism and the arts

  • Positions Lawrence among his modernist contemporaries who were influenced by music

  • Explores both Lawrence’s musical interests and music in his writing


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature book series (PASTMULI)

About this book


This first book-length study of D. H. Lawrence’s lifelong engagement with music surveys his extensive musical interests and how these permeate his writing, while also situating Lawrence within a growing body of work on music and modernism. A twin focus considers the music that shaped Lawrence’s novels and poetry, as well as contemporary developments in music that parallel his quest for new forms of expression. Comparisons are made with the music of Debussy, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Wagner, and British composers, including Bax, Holst and Vaughan Williams, and with the musical writings of Forster, Hardy, Hueffer (Ford), Nietzsche and Pound. Above all, by exploring Lawrence and music in historical context, this study aims to open up new areas for study and a place for Lawrence within the field of music and modernism.


D.H. Lawrence musico-literary modernism Lawrence studies music studies modernist aesthetics musical influences literary modernism Wagner E.M Forster and music Lawrence and music Ezra Pound and music Virginia Woolf and music

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of NorthamptonNorthampton, NorthamptonshireUK

About the authors

Susan Reid is the editor of the Journal of D. H. Lawrence Studies, co-editor of the Edinburgh Companion to D. H. Lawrence and the Arts (under contract, 2020) and Katherine Mansfield and Literary Modernism (2011), and author of numerous articles and book chapters on Lawrence and other modernist writers.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title D.H. Lawrence, Music and Modernism
  • Authors Susan Reid
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-04998-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-04999-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 243
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Twentieth-Century Literature
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“D. H. Lawrence, Music and Modernism comes highly recommended: the diversity of material it brings together from across Lawrence’s career is impressive in its own right, and this range will make it an excellent springboard for future work on Lawrence and music.” (Robert Jackson, The Cambridge Quarterly, Vol. 48 (4), December, 2019)