"SO THEY WRESTLED SWIFTLY, RAPTUROUSLY, INTENT AND MINDLESS AT LAST": FIRST EDITION OF D.H. LAWRENCE'S WOMEN IN LOVE, ONE OF ONLY 1250 COPIES
LAWRENCE, D.H. Women in Love. New York: Privately Printed For Subscribers Only, 1920. Octavo, original blue cloth, uncut. $2500.
Limited first edition, number 892 of 1250 copies, of this sequel to Lawrence's earlier controversial novel The Rainbow (1915), continuing to track the loves and lives of the Brangwen sisters, Gudrun and Ursula.
"Though Lawrence completed Women in Love in 1916, he was unable to publish it until November 1920— and then only privately in New York. The suppression of the novel made Lawrence desperately poor… He abandoned all hope of achieving popular success in England and turned to America as his potential audience" (Meyers, 196). In his Women in Love, he brilliantly captures the post-war longing for a new world. "No English novel so closely resembles Greek tragedy" (Howard Jacobson). Lawrence's treatment of sexuality, however, was too frank for the mores of his time. Upon the appearance of Women in Love one reviewer wrote, "I know dirt when I smell it, and here is dirt in heaps— festering, putrid heaps which smell to high Heaven" (Charles Pilley). Very few copies were numbered in red (as here), with only two copies known to bibliographer Roberts. Issued without dust jacket. Roberts A15. Cutler, 99. Bookseller ticket.
Text very fresh and bright, faintest rubbing to original cloth, front inner hinge expertly reinforced.