“I feel I cannot touch humanity, even in thought, it is abhorrent to me. But a work of art is an act of faith, as Michael Angelo says, and one goes on writing, to the unseen witnesses.” – D.H. Lawrence, 1885-1930, English, novelist, essayist, literary critic, painter, playwright
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His collected works, among other things, represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation. In them, some of the issues Lawrence explores are emotional health, vitality, spontaneity and instinct.
Lawrence’s opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution, censorship, and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life, much of which he spent in a voluntary exile which he called his “savage pilgrimage.At the time of his death, his public reputation was that of a pornographer who had wasted his considerable talents. E.M. Forster , in an obituary notice, challenged this widely held view, describing him as, “The greatest imaginative novelist of our generation.