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A Selection of Short Stories by D. H. Lawrence: Pre-intermediate (Macmillan Readers) Paperback – 15 Dec 2006

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Education (15 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405087358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405087353
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"Lockwood has created a compelling teaching tool. [He] has assembled an error-free, effective study edition...An attractive alternative [to The Complete Short Stories of D.H. Lawrence." D.H. Lawrence Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Cambridge Literature is a series of literary texts edited for study by students aged 14–18 in English-speaking classrooms. It will include novels, poetry, short stories, essays, travel-writing and other non-fiction. The series will be extensive and open-ended, and will provide school students with a range of edited texts taken from a wide geographical spread. It will include writing in English from various genres and differing times. Selected Short Stories of D.H. Lawrence are edited by Michael Lockwood, University of Reading. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I. M. Knight on 1 May 2009
Format: Paperback
This selection contains 25 short stories and is an excellent introduction to DH Lawrence. It provides an invaluable insight into the change in style and content of Lawrence's work over his lifetime. The works start when Lawrence was in his twenties with the like of the excellent `Odour of Chrysanthemums'. This then continues through to the height of his talents with stories like `Fanny and Annie' and on to his more cynical parodies like `Things' and `Rocking Horse Winner'

For me Lawrence works better as a short story writer and delivers his message in a more succinct way than some of his novels. In this particular edition there is a fine introduction by Brian Finney, and chronology and some decent notes to text.
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By Kate Hopkins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2015
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This volume gives a fair representation of Lawrence's story output throughout his career, from very early works such as 'The White Stocking' to stories from his periods in Europe and America, and some very late tales. A lot of the classic Lawrence stories are here, including 'Odour of Chrystanthemums', 'The Prussian Officer' (one of the best studies of bullying ever, surely), 'The Mortal Coil' and 'The Rocking Horse Winner'. As a survey of Lawrence's career and shifting writing styles it's a pretty fair study. And at their best, the stories are superb. 'The Mortal Coil' is a brilliant and chilling story of the consequences of carelessness, the early stories set in Lawrence's native Midlands are full of colour, atmosphere and warm emotion (I loved 'Love Among the Haystacks') and the European stories are on the whole a delight. I did have a problem with the later stories though - with a few exceptions (including 'Lady Chatterley') I just don't enjoy late Lawrence all that much - I find the tone hectoring and joyless, and often polemical. This is not the volume, editor or author's fault, but I did find myself getting progressively more depressed as I read the late stories! 'The Woman Who Rode Away' is frighteningly misogynist (Lawrence clearly had it in for the lady on whom the central, rather stupid character is based) and its depiction of the Indian culture somewhat stereotyped; 'The Man Who Loved Islands' is quite simply one of the most depressing and horrible stories I've ever read (like 'Timon of Athens' without the wryness and the jokes - and I hate cruelty to cats!) and 'Sun', set in Sicily and dealing with an American woman who develops a crush on a well-endowed Sicilian peasant, almost read as if it was a parody of a D.H. Lawrence story about sex!Read more ›
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty Campbell on 2 Aug. 2010
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This was a disappointing volume. The stories are like miniature versions of his novels; they are not crafted as conventional short stories.
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The Rocking Horse Winner 29 Jun. 2002
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D.H. Lawrence was a superb short story writer, and The Rocking Horse Winner is perhaps one of the greatest short stories ever written. The only other short story that is its equal is The Bet by Anton Chekhov. I would say more but that would be spoiling it for you. Let it suffice to say that Lawrence is now a much overlooked writer, however, his message of how modern industry is destroying all that is vital and natural in mankind is as poignant today as when he first wrote about it almost 100 years ago! So what's new?
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Worth A Read 5 Jun. 2000
By JCB - Published on Amazon.com
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Honestly, I've never been an avid reader of DH Lawrence. This is not to say, I dislike him as a writer. Not true. The literature that I have read by him, most I've found interesting and good. It had been a while since I read any DH, until I picked up SELECTED SHORT STORIES. I picked it up primarily for the story "The Prussian Officer." I wasn't disappointed with the short story at all. It's quite a homoerotic story about a Captain and his subordinate, telling of DH and his other work in many ways. The story is compelling, yet tragic, which I liked. The other stories that followed didn't quite compare. I found the other's dry and verbose (especially "Daughters of the Vicar"). I'd recommend this collection just for the "The Prussian Officer."
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SO? WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT?? 15 April 2002
By LINDA LEVEN - Published on Amazon.com
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I RECENTLY TRIED TO 'GET THROUGH' VOLUME 1 OF LAWRENCES SHORT STORIES. I LOVE HIS WRITING. IT'S BEAUTIFUL AND FILLED WITH WILD SENSUAL IMAGES. HOWEVER, WHEN I FINISH EACH STORY, I WONDER: SO WHAT??? WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT??? EACH STORY SEEMS TO BE SIMPLY A SLICE OF LIFE, MANY DEALING WITH MAN/WOMAN RELATIONSHIPS. BUT AT THE END OF EACH, I DID NOT FEEL THAT I HAD LEARNED OR GAINED ANYTHING FROM THE READING. ALSO, MOST DID NOT HOLD MY ATTENTION - EXCEPT FOR THE BEAUTIFUL USE OF LANGUAGE AND SENSE IMAGERY.
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