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The Virgin and the Gipsy and Other Stories (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of D. H. Lawrence) [Hardcover]

D. H. Lawrence , Michael Herbert , Bethan Jones , Lindeth Vasey
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28 Mar 2006 The Cambridge Edition of the Works of D. H. Lawrence
D. H. Lawrence's best-known late fictions are presented in this volume, first published in 2006, which is dominated by two powerful novellas, The Virgin and the Gipsy and The Escaped Cock (also known as The Man Who Died). In the first, a young woman from a restrictive English rectory discovers further dimensions to life through her contact with a gipsy; in the second, an unnamed man - in fact Lawrence's vision of Christ - is resurrected and escapes from his tomb. Both novellas deal with the themes of escape and sexual awakening, which are echoed in the four short stories and three fragments also collected here. This edition restores Lawrence's final texts, before the changes introduced by censorship, mistakes in transmission and various other forms of interference, with variants recorded. The introduction traces the history of the stories, while the notes offer help with allusions, contexts and other points of potential difficulty or interest.

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  • Hardcover: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (28 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521366070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521366076
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.9 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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D. H. Lawrence's best-known and most powerful late fictions, The Virgin and the Gipsy and The Escaped Cock, are presented in this volume, first published in 2006. Both novellas deal with the themes of escape and sexual awakening, which are echoed in the four short stories and three fragments also collected in this authoritative edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A good selection 16 Oct 2012
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This is a handsome hardcover edition of some of Lawrence's stories. Some are novellas (60--70 pages long) while others are longish short stories. Here is the list of contents:
The Virgin and the Gipsy
Odour of Chrsanthemums
The Rocking Horse Winner
The Blue Moccasins
The Man Who Died
Daughters of the Vicar
The Fox
The White Stockings
England My England
The Prussian Officer
The Lovely Lady
The Captain's Doll
Jimmy and the Desperate Woman
The Woman Who Rode Away

Here are my impressions of four of these:

"The Virgin and the Gipsy"
This is a more mature and mellow work than one expects from Lawrence. At 70 odd pages, it is a novella, a form in which Lawrence was arguably at his best. The Virgin and the Gipsy is really quite good. Thematically, it resembles Wuthering Heights: Cathy Earnshaw reincarnates here as Yvette Saywell, the village Rector's daughter; Heathcliffe in Lawrence's tale is the gipsy man, all dark eyes and proud silence. But it is much more than a replay of Emily Bronte, for it develops in its own Lawrentian way. I am not sure when it was written: the setting is post-world war one. There is also an affinity with Lady Chatterley's Lover In both stories, the heroine is dissatisfied with her domestic life; in both she encounters a man who--from her perspective--is a "proud outsider". Lady Chatterley is irresistibly drawn to the gamekeeper Mellors; Yvette feels drawn to the gipsy man. The Lady Chatterley novel is more notorious, but The Virgin and the Gipsy is the better story.

"The Captain's Doll"
This is a novella, set in post world war one Austria. It describes a rocky relationship between a Scottish army captain, and an impoverished countess who earns a living making dolls.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Writer 15 Feb 2013
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I began reading this book some time ago and read the stories in the order in which they appealed to me. I've written a separate review of 'Love Among the Haystacks,' which was the first story I read from the collection.

What's really striking about this book is the diversity of the stories. I don't think these stories were ever published as a collection in Lawrence's lifetime and I couldn't help but wonder how he would feel about them being presented as a collection. But for any writer of short fiction, this is a great book because it illustrates the breadth of possibility of the short story.

Technically, the story 'The Virgin and the Gipsy' is a novella in itself. What's prominent is the characterisation - a middle-class English family who generally loathe one another. It's Lawrence's social observation at its most painfully acute. Shorter stories in this same vein are 'The Lovely Lady' and 'Rawdon's Roof,' the latter of which I found very funny.

But 'Rawdon's Roof' is tending towards the other aspect of Lawrence's writing apparent in this collection: short stories that are more like fables or even parables. Of this category, 'The Rocking-Horse Winner' was by far, I thought, the most striking, both in concept and in the intensity of the writing.

I was very aware reading the collection that the stories with morals behind them really do read like biblical passages ('The Man Who Loved Islands' definitely had an other-worldly quality about it). Not surprising then that, 'The Man Who Died,' the final story in the book, is a re-working of the Resurrection. There's a massive contrast between this and 'Love Among the Haystacks.'

If you, like me, have read and enjoyed Lawrence's novels, I would recommend checking out his short stories too - they will remind you what a remarkable writer he was.
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