Lawrence, Otto Weininger and ‘Rather Raw Philosophy’

  • Emile Delavenay
Part of the Macmillan Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature book series (STCL)


Significant similarities as well as important divergences between the ideas of D. H. Lawrence and those of Otto Weininger were first noted by Janko Lavrin, whose penetrating analysis ‘Sex and Eros (on Rozanov, Weininger, and D. H. Lawrence)’ did not, however, attempt to seek mutual influences.1 The two books and personality of the Viennese prodigy, who committed suicide at the age of twenty-three, ‘enjoyed immense prestige’ in the early years of the century.2 Of twenty-eight editions of his Geschlecht and Character between 1903 and 1947, twelve appeared between May 1903 and May 1910. He was thought of either as a brilliant disciple of Freud, or as a contradictor of psychoanalysis. He was, in the German-speaking world, a master of ‘modernism’3. In England he was best known through the 1906 translation Sex and Character,4 a book revealing ‘a prodigious sum of culture and learning’ but also described by Le Rider as ‘a dreadful pandemonium teeming with the worst forms of fanaticism: anti-feminism, anti-semitism, a passion for irrationalist metaphysics’.


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