D. H. LAWRENCE AND SUSAN HIS COW by William York Tindall

D. H. LAWRENCE AND SUSAN HIS COW

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An illuminating study of Lawrence as prophet and priest, one of the first pieces of serious analysis uncolored by emotional entanglements. Susan, the cow, was to Lawrence a symbol of life and salvation, and from this means Professor Tindall starts to trace the components of Lawrence's credo. Through Lawrence's works (mostly prose), Tindall shows the elements of his messianic faith, his cult of the blood, dark life force in contradistinction to the mind and machine; love, contact or polarity as an approach to worship: primitivism, theosophy, yoga, astrology, and finally the Fascist belief he identifies with each leader (including himself), that a hero not the masses must rule. Susan stands for the nature force, primitive, symbol of ancient religions, without mentality but instinctively good. Tindall has placed Lawrence -- and his credo -- the ""Father Divine of the literate"". A controversial handling of a figure idealized by many, handled with brilliance and wit.

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1939
Publisher: Columbia University