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Abstract

Lawrence knew, even before he finished Sons and Lovers, that he would be starting another novel almost immediately. But that novel was not, as it turned out, to be his next important project; it took him several months to find out what that was. He had told Garnett at the end of October that he would be starting ‘Scargill Street … in a fortnight’ (30 x 1912); Garnett had obviously heard of the idea before—it may well have been that novel ‘purely of the common people’ (04 viii 1912) which Lawrence told him about in August. The novel with the best claim to be ‘Scargill Street’ is the co-called ‘Burns Novel’ which Lawrence in fact started in mid-December; it tells us a good deal about the kind of book Lawrence was turning to after Sons and Lovers. He wrote to Garnett:

I shall make him live near home, as a Derbyshire man and shall fictionise the circumstances. I think I can do him almost like an autobiography … I’ve only got Lockhart’s Life. I should like to know more about the Highland Mary episode. Do you think it’s interesting?

(17 xii 1912)

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Social Revolution Walled City Moral Scheme Passionate Love Chapter Title 
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Notes

  1. 2.
    James Lockhart, Life of Burns (1828; rpt. London: Dent, 1907), p. 31.Google Scholar
  2. 30.
    R. E. Pritchard, D. H. Lawrence: Body of Darkness (London: Hutchinson, 1971), p. 67.Google Scholar
  3. 31.
    H. M. Daleski, The Forked Flame (London: Faber & Faber, 1965), p. 79.Google Scholar
  4. 32.
    Frank Kermode, Lawrence (London: Fontana, 1973), p. 47.Google Scholar
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    F. R. Leavis, D. H. Lawrence: Novelist (London: Chatto & Windus, 1955), p. 170.Google Scholar
  6. 34.
    S. Miko, Towards Women in Love (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1971), p. 183.Google Scholar
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    J. M. Murry, Reminiscences of D. H. Lawrence (London: Cape, 1933), p. 48.Google Scholar
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    J. M. Murry, Between Two Worlds (London: Cape, 1935), p. 337.Google Scholar
  9. 51.
    D. H. Lawrence, Letters to Bertrand Russell, ed. H. T. Moore (New York: Gotham Book Mart, 1948), pp. 81–2.Google Scholar
  10. 52.
    Colin Clarke, River of Dissolution (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1969), p. 52.Google Scholar

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© John Worthen 1979

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