Document ReferenceCC C 1/2
TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, Zennor, St. Ives, Cornwall to Catherine Carswell; 27 Nov. 1916
Date27 November 1916
Extent2 ff
Access ConditionsUse of original restricted; surrogate copy available.
Content DescriptionAddresses her as 'My dear Catherine'; has heard from Lady Ottoline Morrell who knows she is the villainess of the 'new book' [Hermione Roddice in 'Women in Love'] and has offered to send her the MS.

Has read 'Sportsmans Sketches' and thinks Turgenev 'critical, like Katherine Mansfield, and also a sort of male old maid'; describes foreign writers Turgenev, Tolstoi, Dostoevsky and Flaubert as 'obvious and coarse' and praises English literature; the English art of [Thomas] Hardy and Fennimore Cooper is 'lovely mature and sensitive' and D'Annuzio is 'cruder and stupider' than 'The Trespasser'.

Asks her not to let anyone but Don [Donald Carswell] read his novel ['Women in Love'] and to prevent 'Aunt Barbara' [Barbara Low] from having the book; hopes she is feeling better and that her work is going better now; signed 'D.H. Lawrence'
Termliterature, criticism
publications, novels, D.H. Lawrence 'Women in Love'
literature, fictional characters, D.H. Lawrence 'Women in Love'
Physical DescriptionWritten in dark ink on unlined cream paper; dimensions are 190 x 125 mm; 3 horizontal folds in the paper.
Related MaterialUniversity of Nottingham Library: CC C 1/30
Typescript copy of this letter
Publication NoteHarry T. Moore, 'The Intelligent Heart: The Story of D.H. Lawrence' (New York: Farrar, Strauss, and Young, 1954) pp 219-20
James T. Boulton and Andrew Robertson, eds. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984) vol III, pp 41-2

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA3375Morrell; Ottoline V.A. (1873-1938); Lady; née Cavendish-Bentinck; patroness of artists and writers1873-1938
NA3376Low; Barbara (1877-1955); psychoanalyst1877-1955
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA166Carswell; Catherine Roxburgh (1879-1946); née MacFarlane; novelist and journalist1879-1946
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