D.H. Lawrence, Music and Modernism

  • Susan Reid

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature book series (PASTMULI)

About this book


This first book-length study of D. H. Lawrence’s lifelong engagement with music surveys his extensive musical interests and how these permeate his writing, while also situating Lawrence within a growing body of work on music and modernism. A twin focus considers the music that shaped Lawrence’s novels and poetry, as well as contemporary developments in music that parallel his quest for new forms of expression. Comparisons are made with the music of Debussy, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Wagner, and British composers, including Bax, Holst and Vaughan Williams, and with the musical writings of Forster, Hardy, Hueffer (Ford), Nietzsche and Pound. Above all, by exploring Lawrence and music in historical context, this study aims to open up new areas for study and a place for Lawrence within the field of music and modernism.


D.H. Lawrence musico-literary modernism Lawrence studies music studies modernist aesthetics musical influences literary modernism Wagner E.M Forster and music Lawrence and music Ezra Pound and music Virginia Woolf and music

Authors and affiliations

  • Susan Reid
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NorthamptonNorthampton, NorthamptonshireUK

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