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D.H. Lawrence's Genius (Current Opinion, 1922)

"Gifted, but perverse" was the opinion of this reviewer, who considered the whole of D. H. Lawrence' writings up to 1922 in this review for CURRENT OPINION:

"He is like those modern sculptors who, feeling that civilization has reached it's last refinement, and that there is no more work left for observation to do, have gone back to the crude beginnings of stone carving to learn again the essentials of their art..."


One of the First Reviews of 'Sons and Lovers' (Vanity Fair, 1913)

Later in the century there would be many ink-slingers to gush over the talents of D.H. Lawrence (1885 - 1930); but in 1913, the writer would simply have to bide his time and suffer the reviews that were printed in the society pages.

"It emphatically is not a book for the 'young person', and it is certainly a book that will make the older conservative wince a bit...nevertheless it is a study that was worth doing, and D.H. Lawrence has done it well. He has dealt with very real things in a way that leaves a distinctness of impression unequaled by nine books out of ten one picks up nowadays."


The Letters and Cartoons of O. Henry (Literary Digest, 1922)

Today, the name of O. Henry (1862 - 1910) has a far stronger association with New York City than with North Carolina, (his birth place) or Texas, where he spent much of his youth; however when you come to read the attached letters, and see his cartoons, you will hear a very distinct Western voice that is far removed from the New York that he wrote about.


Jules Romains and THE DEATH OF NOBODY (Vanity Fair, 1915)

This very brief column appeared in Vanity Fair Magazine during the winter of 1915 as one element in the publicity campaign supporting the distribution of The Death of Nobody, Jules Romains' (1885 - 1972) 1911 novel.

Prior to the First World War Romains was primarily known as a poet and founder (along with fellow poet Georges Chennevière) of Unanimisme, a movement that combined concept of international brotherhood with the psychological ideal involving a shared group consciousness. At the time of this printing, the novelist was serving in the French Army.


Rudyard Kipling (Vanity Fair Magazine, 1923)

Literary critic Philip Guedallia (1889 – 1944) reluctantly concluded that the contributions of Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936) to the world of letters were genuine - and, no matter what you think of him, his writing will be around for a good while.

"He sharpened the English language to a knife-edge, and with it he has cut brilliant patterns on the surface of our prose literature."


Kipling Condemned (Current Opinion, 1919)

The author of "The White Man's Burden" gets the back-hand for all of his narrow-minded jingoism by Robert Wilson Lynd (1879 - 1949), who penned this angry review of Rudyard Kipling's (1865 - 1936) body of work, finding the author to be too much the Victorian imperialist.

An article about the Muslim opinion concerning colonialism can be read here...


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