The Philosophy of D. H. Lawrence

  • P. N. Furbank


In the early months of 1915, simultaneously with the completion of The Rainbow, D. H. Lawrence began to set down on paper his ‘philosophy’. He did so to put into order the insights of the novel, and also those of his chaotic Gai Savaire or ‘Study of Thomas Hardy’ which had been his first riposte to the War. In his own self-image he was a messiah, newly risen after five months in the tomb. Nevertheless, ‘philosophy’ was always the term he used of what he now wrote, and I am interested in justifying the word. Evidently Lawrence had also a creed, just as he had ‘views’, but neither a ‘creed’ nor ‘views’is the same as a philosophy.


Recollected Experience Introspective Knowledge Eternal Recurrence Physical Death Sensational Gratification 
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    Emile Delavenay, D. H. Lawrence and Edward Carpenter (1963) andGoogle Scholar
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