Charles L. Ross (essay date 1982)
SOURCE: Ross, Charles L. “D. H. Lawrence and World War I on History and the ‘Forms of Reality’: The Case of England, My England.” Franklin Pierce Studies in Literature (1982): 11-21.
[In the following essay, Ross examines Lawrence's treatment of World War I in the two versions of his story “England, My England.”]
Historians are wary of using fiction as a source of historical knowledge. Thus, A. J. P. Taylor writes: “Most novels are really set twenty or thirty years back, whether avowedly or not. Thus Galsworthy, Joyce, and even, I think, D.H. Lawrence are purely prewar in spirit.”1 An historian's unease with the anachronistic spirit of...
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