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The Glyph and the Gramophone

D.H. Lawrence's Religion
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Luke Ferretter, Associate Professor of English

D. H. Lawrence wrote in 1914, "Primarily I am a passionately religious man, and my novels must be written from the depths of my religious experience." Although he had broken with the Congregationalist faith of his childhood by his early twenties, Lawrence remained throughout his writing life a passionately religious man. There have been studies in the last twenty years of certain aspects of Lawrence's religious writing, but we lack a survey of the history of his developing religious thought and of his expressions of that thought in his literary works. This book provides that survey, from 1915 to the end of Lawrence's life. Covering the war years, Lawrence's American works, his time in Australia and Mexico, and the works of the last years of his life, this book provides readers with a complete analysis, during this period, of Lawrence as a religious man, thinker and artist.


“In this carefully researched and lucidly written study Luke Ferreter traces the diverse expressions of D. H. Lawrence's religious vision... The book's combination of original research with illuminating analyses of the fiction, discursive prose and poetry will make it indispensable reading for both students new to the author and scholars looking for a fresh, bold and comprehensive approach to this important but relatively unexplored area of Lawrence studies.” – Dr Andrew Harrison, University of Nottingham 

Bloomsbury, 2013 ISBN 9781441122957