Mr Noon (Magill's Literary Annual 1985)
The discovery and issue of a previously unpublished novel by D. H. Lawrence is an event. Lawrence’s position among the giants of twentieth century English literature has long been secure, but fully to appreciate the significance of this publication, now meticulously edited by Lindeth Vasey in a volume of the definitive Cambridge Edition of the Works, it is necessary to qualify some terms. Mr Noon (note that Lawrence left out the period to signal an abbreviation of “Mr.”) has, at least in part, already been known to readers since 1934, when a story of the same title was originally published in the collection A Modern Lover, then included in the volume of miscellany titled Phoenix II (1968). That story, altered very slightly from the 1934/1968 version on the basis of editorial collation of the texts from an autograph manuscript and typescript copies revised by Lawrence, remains part 1 of this book.
The existence of a second part of Mr Noon has also been known to a much smaller group of Lawrence scholars through the writer’s mention of his progress on the manuscript. In letters to his American publisher Thomas Seltzer, for example, as well as to his literary agent Curtis Brown and to his typist Ruth Wheelock, Lawrence left a tantalizing series of tracks for specialists to hunt down—but where was the...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1985)
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