Why did D. H. Lawrence become a writer and a novelist? And why did he start by writing The White Peacock? I ask the unanswerable questions simply to stress how being a writer is a matter of choice, of situation, of need and compulsion, rather than of destiny. The psychology of a writer is only one element among many; his background, upbringing and early experience of the world can help us to understand those choices, such needs and compulsions.


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