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D. H. Lawrence and the Literary MarketplaceThe Early Writings$
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Annalise Grice

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474458009

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474458009.001.0001

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Lawrence and Socialism: ‘Art and the Individual’ (1908) and the New Age

Lawrence and Socialism: ‘Art and the Individual’ (1908) and the New Age

(p.55) 2 Lawrence and Socialism: ‘Art and the Individual’ (1908) and the New Age
D. H. Lawrence and the Literary Marketplace

Annalise Grice

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 2 considers Lawrence’s early attraction to socialism and provides evidence that he intended to pursue a career in journalism from as early as 1908. It explores how his reading of A. R. Orage’s magazine the New Age shaped writing such as his paper ‘Art and the Individual’ (1908), which was revised and given the subtitle ‘A Paper for Socialists’ before it was sent to his correspondent Blanche Jennings, a socialist and suffragist who represented Lawrence’s ideal reader at this time. The chapter considers Lawrence’s early interest in the careers of writers now often classed as ‘middlebrow’ (partly due to their successful journalistic careers) such as G. K. Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw.

Keywords:   Socialism, Journalism, A.R. Orage, The New Age, Middlebrow, G. K. Chesterton, George Bernard Shaw

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