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Sons and Lovers: Introduction
Sons and Lovers: Plot Summary
Sons and Lovers: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Sons and Lovers: Themes
Sons and Lovers: Quotes
Sons and Lovers: Characters
Sons and Lovers: Symbols
Sons and Lovers: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of D. H. Lawrence
Historical Context of Sons and Lovers
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- Full Title: Sons and Lovers
- When Written: 1913
- Where Written: London, Germany, and Italy
- When Published: London
- Literary Period: Modernist
- Genre: Literary fiction
- Setting: Northern England
- Climax: Mrs. Morel, who has an unusually close bond with her son, Paul, dies from cancer and leaves Paul lost and disorientated
- Point of View: Third person
Extra Credit for Sons and Lovers
Jessie Chambers. Lawrence closely modeled the character of Miriam in Sons and Lovers on his real-life friend Jessie Chambers. Chambers took an active interest in Lawrence’s literary career and the pair had a brief sexual relationship. Jessie was so hurt by Lawrence’s portrayal of her as the zealous Miriam in his novel that she never spoke to him again after reading a draft of the work.
Utopian visions. When Lawrence moved to the United States with Freida, he had plans to set up a communist utopia with a group of friends on land that they bought in New Mexico, near an artist colony at Taos. This was a place where creators and bohemians congregated and mingled, and Lawrence spent several years here and documented his experiences in a series of short stories called Taos Quartet in Three Movements. Although Taos was supposed to be a place of utopian collaboration and peace, the atmosphere among the group was often strained and tempestuous.