Advertisement

Lawrence, Otto Weininger and ‘Rather Raw Philosophy’

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

Abstract

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’.

Keywords

French Translation Page Reference Country House Perfect Belief German Thought 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Notes

  1. 5.
    Emile Delavenay, D. H. Lawrence: l’homme et la genèse de son oeuvre (1885–1919) (Paris: Klincksieck, 1969) p. 383.Google Scholar
  2. 7.
    Ernest Seillière, David Herbert Lawrence et les récentes idéologies allemandes (Paris: Boivin, 1936).Google Scholar
  3. 8.
    Martin Green, The Von Richthofen Sisters (London: Weidenfield and Nicolson, 1974).Google Scholar
  4. 9.
    Otto Weininger, Des fins ultimes (Lausanne: L’Age d’Homme, 1981). Page references to this translation of Über die letzten Dinge are given in the text.Google Scholar
  5. 11.
    Emile Delavenay, D. H. Lawrence and Edward Carpenter (London: Heinemann, 1971).Google Scholar
  6. 13.
    V. V. Rozanov, Fallen Leaves (Bundle One), tr. S. S. Kotelianski with foreword by James Stephens (London: Mandrake Press, 1929). Reviewed by D. H. Lawrence in Everyman, 23 Jan 1930.Google Scholar
  7. 14.
    George J. Zytaruk, D. H. Lawrence’s Response to Russian Literature (London, 1971).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 16.
    Richard Middleton (1882–1911), poet and essayist, who commited suicide in Belgium at the age of twenty-nine.Google Scholar
  9. 18.
    Giovanni Papini, ‘Un nemico della donna’, La Stampa (Turin), 21 Dec 1912.Google Scholar
  10. 22.
    Richard Middleton, Monologues (London and Leipzig: T. Fisher Unwin, 1913) essays mostly reprinted from Vanity Fair and The Academy. Page references are given in the text.Google Scholar
  11. 24.
    Richard Middleton, Poems and Songs, and Poems and Songs, Second Series (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1912).‘To Althea, who Loves Me Not’, appears in Second Series pp. 67–8.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Emile Delavenay 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Emile Delavenay

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations