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Overview

Studies in Classic American Literature, first published in 1923, provides a cross-section of Lawrence's writing on American literature from the previous six years, including landmark essays on Benjamin Franklin, Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Richard Dana, Herman Melville and Walt Whitman. Eight of the essays were first published in the English Review 1918-19, but Lawrence continued to work on his material, with the aim of producing a full-length book; at various times fifteen separate items belonged to it, all of them revised on different occasions, some of them four or five times, and often corrected with the errors of their predecessors preserved.

This volume offers the final 1923 version of the text in a newly corrected and uncensored form; it contains the complete surviving 1918-19 text of the essays of the English Review period, including two previously unpublished essay versions; it offers five previously unpublished essays from 1919, as well as a host of other materials (for example, four different versions of Lawrence's pioneering essay on Whitman are included).

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Editorial Reviews

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"[A] wealth of relevant material for scholars...The Cambridge editors are to be commended for a Herculean labor, for which all those who work on Lawrence owe a huge debt of gratitude." Earl G. Ingersoll, SUNY College at Brockport
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670679584
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/11/1964
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ezra Greenspan is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. He writes widely about modern American literature and is the co-editor of Book History.

Lindeth Vasey is Editorial Manager: Classics at Penguin UK Ltd. She has edited several books in The Cambridge Edition of the Works of D. H. Lawrence including Mr Noon and (with John Worthen) The First 'Women in Love'.

John Worthen is Professor of D. H. Lawrence Studies at the University of Nottingham. He has written and edited many books relating to D. H. Lawrence and is author of The Early Years, the first volume in the three-volume biography of D. H. Lawrence (1991).

Biography

Born in Nottinghamshire, England, D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) was the author of a remarkable array of novels, stories, poetry, literary criticism, and travel writing, including the novels Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow, and Lady Chatterley's Lover.

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    1. Also Known As:
      David Herbert Richard Lawrence. Called "Bert" by his family. Jessie Chambers and Lawrence H. Davison are pseudonyms.
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 11, 1885
    2. Place of Birth:
      Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England
    1. Date of Death:
      March 2, 1930
    2. Place of Death:
      Vence, France

Table of Contents

General editor's preface; Acknowledgements; Chronology; Cue-titles; Introduction; Studies in Classic American Literature: Final version (1923); First version (1918–19); Intermediate version (1919); Appendices: 1. Reading notes for The Scarlet Letter; 2. Foreword to Studies in Classic American Literature (1920); 3. Foreword (1922); 4. Nathaniel Hawthorne's Blithedale Romance (1920–1); 5. XIII.Whitman (1921–2); 6. XII.Whitman (1922); Explanatory notes; Textual apparatus; Variorum apparatus; A note on pounds, shillings and pence; Index.

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