The Rocking-Horse Winner Connections and Further Reading
by D. H. Lawrence

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(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Cowan, James C. D. H. Lawrence: Self and Sexuality. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2002. A sensible examination of the complex nature of Lawrence’s considerations of sexual behavior in his work.

Kearney, Martin F. Major Short Stories of D. H. Lawrence: A Handbook. New York: Garland, 1998. “The Rocking-Horse Winner” is one of six Lawrence stories treated here. Each one receives comprehensive discussion, including an account of the history of its composition and publication, as well as critical analysis.

Poplawski, Paul, ed. Writing the Body in D. H. Lawrence: Essays on Language, Representation, and Sexuality. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2001. An uneven but often enlightening series of essays on some of Lawrence’s central concerns, tending toward theoretical considerations of Lawrence’s writing.

Reeve, N. H. Reading Late Lawrence. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. Especially incisive discussions of Lawrence’s later works of fiction.

Worthen, John. D. H. Lawrence: The Life of an Outsider. Berkeley, Calif.: Counterpoint, 2005. An informative, knowledgeable account of Lawrence’s life by the author of the first volume of an acclaimed three-book Cambridge University Press biography.

Bibliography and Further Reading

(Short Stories for Students)


Harris, Janice Hubbard. The Short Fiction of D. H. Lawrence. Rutgers University Press, 1984, pp. 1-11, 224-27.

Snodgrass, W. D. "A Rocking-Horse: The Symbol, The Patterns, The Way to Live." In D. H. Lawrence: A Collection of Critical Essays, edited by Mark Spilka. G. K. Hall, 1990, pp. 117-27.

Further Reading

Blanchard, Lydia. "D. H. Lawrence." In Magill's Critical Survey of Short Fiction, edited by Frank N. Magill. Salem Press, 1981, pp. 1788-94. Provides an analysis of Lawrence's short stories.

Spilka, Mark. An introduction to D. H. Lawrence: A Collection of Critical Essays. Prentice-Hall, 1963, pp. 1-14. Spilka gives an overview of Lawrence's career and works.

Media Adaptations

(Short Stories for Students)

The Rocking-Horse Winner was filmed in 1950 by Two Cities Films and stars John Mills and Valerie Hobson. The adaptation was written and directed by Anthony Pelessier.

The Rocking-Horse Winner was filmed in 1977 starring Kenneth More, directed by Peter Medak, adapted by Julian Bond, distributed by Learning Corp.