The Many Drafts of D. H. Lawrence: Creative Flux, Genetic Dialogism and the Dilemma of Endings

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Bloomsbury, October 15 2020

Exploring draft manuscripts, alternative texts and publishers' typescripts, The Many Drafts of D. H. Lawrence reveals new insights into the writings and writing practices of one of the most important writers of the 20th-century. Focusing on the most productive years of Lawrence's writing life, between 1909 and 1926 – a time that saw the writing of major novels such as Women in Love and the controversial The Plumed Serpent, as well as his first major short story collection – this book is the first to apply ideas and methods from the field of genetic criticism to the archives of this canonical modernist author. By charting Lawrence's writing process the book also highlights how the very distinction between 'process' and 'product' became a central theme in his work.


Tradition and Innovation in the Modernist Archive of D. H. Lawrence

Bloomsbury, Date TBC

This chapter provides an accessible account of the study of D. H. Lawrence's archive from his own lifetime to the present-day. It will feature in the book Modernist Archives: A Guide to Research edited by Jamie Callison, Erik Tonning and Anna Svendsen.


This article re-evaluates D. H. Lawrence's iconic and much-revised early short story 'Odour of Chrysanthemums' by adopting a genetic approach and focusing on the main body of the story, largely neglected by previous critics due to Lawrence's later revisions.


Textual Cultures

9 (2) | 2014 (Dec, 2016)

Open Access

This article studies the textual genesis of David Foster Wallace's short story 'The Depressed Person', introducing genetic criticism to Wallace studies. It reflects on the relationship between the eponymous depressed person’s predicament and the story’s own compositional history, and moves on to consider the wider context for Wallace’s writing.


Literature & History

25 (2) | November 2016

Open Access

This is a balanced review of Luca Crispi's genetic study of Joyce's Ulysses.


Journal of D. H. Lawrence Studies

3 (3) | 2014

This article studies the textual genesis of Lawrence's little-known yet iconic early short story 'The Shades of Spring', which features Proustian nostalgia and a gamekeeper's love-nest (anticipating Lady Chatterley's Lover).