There is general critical sorrow over The Trespasser. ‘It need not detain us long’;1 ‘little needs to be said’;2 ‘the less said the better’.3 But although it is perhaps the worst novel Lawrence wrote, it is all the same a remarkably revealing book. It shows us the kind of novelist Lawrence was between 1910 and 1912, and could have gone on being. And we cannot simply dismiss it as youthful or immature. Its composition was curiously intertwined with that of Sons and Lovers—the novel generally thought to mark Lawrence’s maturity as a writer.


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