The American Lawrence

Lee M. Jenkins

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"Beautifully written. Jenkins has a detailed and sure grasp of the numerous back-stories crisscrossing Lawrence's engagement with the United States. An entertaining literary history and thought-provoking introduction to some very important concerns in Lawrence (and American) studies."--Thomas Strychacz, author of Dangerous Masculinities: Conrad, Hemingway, and Lawrence

"A critically sharp and well-informed argument for a radical and American Lawrence."--Neil Roberts, author of D.H. Lawrence, Travel and Cultural Difference

"In her carefully researched and eminently readable exploration, Jenkins makes a major contribution to Lawrence studies, promising to be frequently cited by those with an investment in this major modernist's writing in and about America."--Earl G. Ingersoll, author of D. H. Lawrence, Desire, and Narrative


Known as a distinctly English author, D. H. Lawrence is reevaluated as a creator and critic of American literature in this imaginative study. From 1922 to 1925, during his "savage pilgrimage" in Mexico and New Mexico, Lawrence completed the core of what Lee Jenkins terms his "American oeuvre"--including his major volume of criticism, Studies in Classic American Literature.

By examining Lawrence's experiences in the Americas, including his fascination with indigenous cultures, Jenkins illustrates how the modernist writer helped shape both American literary criticism and the American literary canon. Reassessing Lawrence's relationship to American modernism and his literary contemporaries in the New World, Jenkins portrays Lawrence as a transatlantic writer whose significant body of work embraces and adapts both English and American traditions and innovations.

Lee M. Jenkins is senior lecturer in English at University College Cork. She is the author of The Language of Caribbean Poetry: Boundaries of Expression and Wallace Stevens: Rage for Order and the coeditor of Locations of Literary Modernism: Region and Nation in British and American Modernist Poetry, A History of Modernist Poetry, and The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Poetry.

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Jenkins’s book is elegantly and beautifully rendered, with much to engage the reader. . . .An important and timely contribution to debates about Lawrence and spirit of place, and the location(s) of modernism The Review of English Studies

Intelligent, well-focused criticism [that] manages to remain both historicist and revisionist in its ambition and organization.-- English Literature in Transition

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