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Often censured for his emphasis on sex his stereotyped female characters and his frequently-blatant sexism Lawrence remains one of the important figures in British literary modernism Also a poet and essayist Lawrences greatest influence is fiction His use of topographical detail to evoke a sense of precise locale was especially attractive to American writers like Hemingway and Sherwood Anderson In addition to his attention to surfaces as a way to delineate place Lawrences determination to discover new and vital methods to evoke a clear psychological attitude has profoundly affected the development of prose fiction in this century Based on The State of Funk the following will discuss how key elements generally appearing in his works can be linked to his article thus revealing that there is more to his writings than mere obscenity Strangely enough Lawrence repeatedly distanced himself from his contemporaries and aligned himself with Victorian writers like George Eliot and Thomas Hardy Modern writers he insisted unlike him who as a novelist feels it is the change inside the individual which is his real concernLawrence State of Funk p367 were too clever and unfeeling too preoccupied with individual consciousness So there you have the serious novel dying in a very long-drawn-out fourteen- volume death-agony and absorbedly childishly interested in the phenomenon Did I feel a twinge in my little toe or didnt I asks every character of Mr Joyce or of Miss Richardson or M Proust Is my aura a blend of frankincense and orange pekoe and boot-blacking or is it myrrh and bacon-fat and Shetland tweed The audience round the death-bed gapes for the answer And when in a sepulchral tone the answer comes at length after hundreds of pages It is none of these it is abysmal chloro-coryanbasis the audience quivers all over and murmurs Thats just how I feel myself Surgery for the Novel - or a Bomb 1923 Here it is possible to agree with Lawrence
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