Study of style: The development of D.H Lawrence's style in the Prussian officer tales
Kalnins, Mara Isolde
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The Prussian Officer tales, written between the years 1908 and 1913, were revised as a group between July 1913 and July 1914 for publication in December 1914* Many of the tales exist in two versions and a comparison of these versions reveals a striking change in Lawrence's style of writing and in his imaginative approach to the same subject at two different periods. It is the purpose of this thesis to examine the development of Lawrence's writing through a close comparison and discussion of the tales in their respective versions, with reference to the novels where such reference is illuminating. Attention is concentrated on those tales whose versions reveal the greatest differences in style and approachi "Odour of Chrysanthemums", "The White Stocking", "Daughters of the Vioar", "The Prussian Officer", and "The Thorn in the Flesh". The remaining tales are discussed in Appendix A. The method of examining the tales is through close verbal analysis, concentrating on the changes in the author's use of language which contribute to the change is his style, on how these changes modify the effect of the tales, and on how Lawrence's method of revision gradually crystallized. The thesis does not seek to establish a comprehensive method for the analysis of prose fiction but seeks to illuminate the outstanding characteristics of Lawrence's style in a period when his experimentation with language and style was develop¬ ing with the utmost rapidity and when his insight into human nature was deepen¬ ing profoundly. bach chapter presupposes that an analysis of Lawrence's prose fiction must be as flexible as the work of art itself and therefore each discussion examines those features of style and changes in method which are most distinctive in that tale and its versions. At the same time stylistic features which establish themselves as consistently present in the tales are related to the development of Lawrence's style and method of revision.