The Prussian Officer and Other Stories: Cambridge Lawrence Edition

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Overview

The Prussian Officer and Other Stories, Lawrence's first collection of short stories, was published in England in 1914 and in the USA in
1916. It contains some of the greatest stories he ever wrote: 'Odour of Chrysanthemums', 'Daughters of the Vicar', 'The Prussian Officer', and 'The White Stocking', with settings ranging from the mining community of Eastwood to Germany before the First World War. The text of this new edition is based on Lawrence's manuscripts, typescripts and corrected proofs, and is the first to remove the corruptions introduced by copyists, typists and printers. The introduction sets out the history of each story and of the collection itself. There is a textual apparatus recording variant readings and full notes explain historical references and other allusions, dialect forms and foreign words. Two important appendixes print the earliest surviving fragment of 'Odour of Chrysanthemums' and the 1911 version of 'Daughters of the Vicar'.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140187809
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Series: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,432,404
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.91 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

The son of a miner, the prolific novelist, poet, and travel writer David Herbert Lawrence was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, in 1885. He attended Nottingham University and found employment as a schoolteacher. His first novel, The White Peacock, was published in 1911, the same year his beloved mother died and he quit teaching after contracting pneumonia. The next year Lawrence published Sons and Lovers and ran off to Germany with Frieda Weekley, his former tutor’s wife. His masterpieces The Rainbow and Women in Love were completed in quick succession, but the first was suppressed as indecent and the second was not published until 1920. Lawrence’s lyrical writings challenged convention, promoting a return to an ideal of nature where sex is seen as a sacrament. In 1928 Lawrence’s final novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, was banned in England and the United States for indecency. He died of tuberculosis in 1930 in Venice.

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.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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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

Abbreviations
Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of D. H. Lawrence
A Fragment of Stained Glass 3
Goose Fair 14
A Sick Collier 25
The Christening 32
Odour of Chrysanthemums 42
Daughters of the Vicar 63
Second Best 117
The Shadow in the Rose Garden 126
The Shades of Spring 140
The White Stocking 156
The Thorn in the Flesh 180
The Prussian Officer 200
Appendix 223
Odour of Chrysanthemums (1911 version) 224
Vin Ordinaire 228
With the Guns 246
Explanatory Notes 251
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