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The Fox; The Captain's Doll; The Ladybird (Penguin Classics) Paperback – November 28, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised edition (November 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780141441832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141441832
  • ASIN: 0141441836
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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D. H. Lawrence wrote these three 'novelettes' between November 1920 and December 1921. Dieter Mehl gives all three composition histories including Lawrence's wish to have them published together. There is also an appendix on the models for the two main characters and the setting of 'The Fox'. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The son of a miner, the prolific novelist, poet, and travel writer David Herbert Lawrence was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, in 1885. He attended Nottingham University and found employment as a schoolteacher. His first novel, The White Peacock, was published in 1911, the same year his beloved mother died and he quit teaching after contracting pneumonia. The next year Lawrence published Sons and Lovers and ran off to Germany with Frieda Weekley, his former tutor’s wife. His masterpieces The Rainbow and Women in Love were completed in quick succession, but the first was suppressed as indecent and the second was not published until 1920. Lawrence’s lyrical writings challenged convention, promoting a return to an ideal of nature where sex is seen as a sacrament. In 1928 Lawrence’s final novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, was banned in England and the United States for indecency. He died of tuberculosis in 1930 in Venice.
David Ellis is the author of seven novels, including Line of Vision for which he won the Edgar Award. An attorney from Chicago, he currently serves as Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives and was recently appointed the Impeachment Prosecutor in the Blagojevich trial. Ellis lives in Springfield with his family.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Schram on December 28, 2009
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A classic collection of short stories by D H Lawrence, a true literary genius whose prose spans the ages. The Fox stands out as a rich descriptive tale of two women living on a farm whose compliment of animals are primarily female as well. A man shows up, hunting foxes and stirs sexual urges within the loveless women causing the women's sedate feminine environment to become heated and unstable. Lawrence, with a sparkling eye for detail and subtle nuance weaves a tale rich in allegory and sexual symbolism that captivates the reader while exposing the human instinctual animal by stripping away the cultural facade
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Cadwallader on February 10, 2009
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These three novellas (each 70+/- pages) are packed with the detailed structure and depth Lawrence displayed in his masterwork novels. Each is in essence a concentrated variation of the more familiar works, exploring the interior emotions and spirits of the various characters in unconventional or transitory settings.

Though not difficult, these stories should be read slowly to appreciate everything Lawrence is conveying, from the spare dialogue, the reflected and projected emotions, the environment and related symbols, to the historical background and setting.

While each could be extended or more fully developed (which Lawrence himself did in revising "The Fox") there's plenty of value in the characters and plots as they are.
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Penguin is reissuing all of the D.H. Lawrence works in an attractive new format featuring hauntingly beautiful cover artistic works.
The first story is this slim volume is "The Fox" which has been made into a motion picture. It is the most famous of the stories.
The Fox deals with two young ladies named March and Banfield who live together on a scruffy dairy farm raising cattle and chickens. Their lives are bleak. It never becomes overt whether they are lesbians although they do sleep in the same room.
Into their lives comes a young soldier named Grenfel. His family once owned the old farm house in which the young ladies reside. Grenfel resembles a fox with his red hair and hunting ability. He slays the old fox who has been ravaging the hencoop. Grenfel swears love for March and turns the girl against the thin and ill Banfield. A tree is felled by Grenfel killing Banfield and leading to possible marriage with March. This is a complex triangle with Lawrence's close observation of nature and human psychology. It is subject to many interpretations. Without question the bleak story reflects the sadness and despair evident at the end of the Grreat War.
The Captain's Doll is another complex tale. A former German countess makes her living making dolls. She is in love with an English officer who is married with two children. One day Major Hepburn's foolish wife arrives from England. She believes he is having an affair with the German mistress' Hannele's business associate. The wife falls out of a window and is killed. Hepburn returns to England meeting Hannele years later at a German ski resort. Hannele plans to marry a fat and old Austrian. When she and Hepburn meet their fiery love is rekindled. They plan on marrying as the story ends.
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