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Friday, 10 July 2009

Quote of the week No. 24 : Advice to writers

Chilly this morning, but the clear skies with only slight whisps of cloud promise another hot day.

"Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot."


It just has to be... DH Lawrence (1885-1930), English writer, whom EM Forster hailed as "the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation", and whose most (in)famous themes included sexuality, homosexuality, emotional spontaneity and human instinct. HIs most famous novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover, was banned on publication in 1928, but was published in Italy and in France. In 1960 it was finally published (by Penguin) in the UK, following a 6-day trial for obscenity, and the first run of 200,000 copies was sold out within the week amid scenes of bedlam in bookshops.

These days we're so jaded that only children's books elicit such a response from the reading public.


6 comments:

ladyfi said...

Which children's book(s) are you thinking of?

My favourite Lawrence books are: The Rainbow and Women in Love.

♥ Braja said...

Oh boy, I'm able to comment on my own computer again!! Yay :)
DHL always works for me. And speaking of things to say....Louise, I had something to say on my blog today. Literally :)

Louise said...

LadyFi : I was reading the news reports surrounding the publication of LCL in the 1960s, and they reminded me of the melee that always surrounds the release of a new Harry Potter...

Louise said...

Dear Braja -- it's so great you're back! I'll pop over and listen to what you have to say.

Captain Dumbass said...

I just realized I've never read any Lawrence. I'll have to change that. Thanks.

Vanessa said...

I'm with Kate Millett on DH Lawrence - Forster was all exaggeration!

Friday, 10 July 2009

Quote of the week No. 24 : Advice to writers

Chilly this morning, but the clear skies with only slight whisps of cloud promise another hot day.

"Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot."


It just has to be... DH Lawrence (1885-1930), English writer, whom EM Forster hailed as "the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation", and whose most (in)famous themes included sexuality, homosexuality, emotional spontaneity and human instinct. HIs most famous novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover, was banned on publication in 1928, but was published in Italy and in France. In 1960 it was finally published (by Penguin) in the UK, following a 6-day trial for obscenity, and the first run of 200,000 copies was sold out within the week amid scenes of bedlam in bookshops.

These days we're so jaded that only children's books elicit such a response from the reading public.


6 comments:

ladyfi said...

Which children's book(s) are you thinking of?

My favourite Lawrence books are: The Rainbow and Women in Love.

♥ Braja said...

Oh boy, I'm able to comment on my own computer again!! Yay :)
DHL always works for me. And speaking of things to say....Louise, I had something to say on my blog today. Literally :)

Louise said...

LadyFi : I was reading the news reports surrounding the publication of LCL in the 1960s, and they reminded me of the melee that always surrounds the release of a new Harry Potter...

Louise said...

Dear Braja -- it's so great you're back! I'll pop over and listen to what you have to say.

Captain Dumbass said...

I just realized I've never read any Lawrence. I'll have to change that. Thanks.

Vanessa said...

I'm with Kate Millett on DH Lawrence - Forster was all exaggeration!