Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
Introduced by Colm Tóibín
Illustrated by Anne-Marie Jones
Published 21 August 2013, £37.95
Upon publication in 1913 Sons and Lovers, now considered by many to be D. H. Lawrence’s greatest novel, was met with allegations of obscenity. Now, after one hundred years of controversy, The Folio Society is publishing a spectacular new edition to mark the centenary of the book, set from the original unexpurgated text first published by Cambridge University Press in 1992.
Internationally award-winning author Colm Tóibín has contributed a specially commissioned introduction. Describing Paul’s Oedipal longings for his mother’s love and his father’s destruction, he says that, ‘Lawrence did not need Freud to write this; he knew it.’ Anne-Marie Jones has created ten hauntingly enigmatic images, using a mixture of painting and digital artwork.
‘When they come to manhood, they can’t love, because their mother is the strongest power in their lives, and holds them.’
This is how D. H. Lawrence described the central conflict of Sons and Lovers, his third novel but first major work. Lawrence drew on his own family life to write about the unhappy marriage between Morel, a miner, and his better-educated wife, and the intense relationship between the mother and her sons, especially her second son Paul. With great freshness and sensitivity, Lawrence gives us a universal portrait of a family and captures the life of a Nottinghamshire mining village at the turn of the century. In Paul’s troubled romances, Lawrence paints a tragic picture of the relations between men and women at the time.