Lawrence’s writing career had been changing during the first half of the 1920s: from being the man who was, above all else, a writer of novels, and who also lived primarily from the income generated by his novels, he had turned into a writer whose novels played only a relatively small part in his earning power. From 1906 until 1921, he had always had some novel under way, in some stage of completeness: even during the bleak years of the war he had had (first) Women in Love to go on correcting, and latterly the draft of Aaron’s Rod. Then had come The Lost Girl; then the abortive though long draft of Mr Noon; then renewed work on Aaron’s Rod. But when Lawrence finally finished the latter, in the summer of 1921 — while simultaneously clear that he would not be going back to Mr Noon — it was 10 months before he started his next novel, Kangaroo. When that was finished, in July 1922, it was another 10 months before, in April 1923, he started ‘Quetzalcoat!’, the first draft of his Mexican novel. This remained with him as a draft for a year and a half, until late in 1924, but, in between, he wrote the 590-page manuscript of The Boy in the Bush, as if to show that he was still a novelist. But after finishing The Plumed Serpent on 1 February 1925, he left the longest gap between novels of his professional career.
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