Postscript or Prelude?

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Author: Virginia Woolf
Editor: Dennis Poupard
Date: 1983
Publisher: Gale
Document Type: Critical essay
Length: 877 words

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Perhaps the verdicts of critics would read less preposterously and their opinions would carry greater weight if, in the first place, they bound themselves to declare the standard which they had in mind, and, in the second, confessed the course, bound, in the case of a book read for the first time, to be erratic, by which they reached their final decision. Our standard for Mr. Lawrence, then, is a high one. Taking into account the fact, which is so constantly forgotten, that never in the course of the world will there be a second Meredith or a second Hardy, for the sufficient reason that there have already been a Meredith and a Hardy, why, we sometimes asked, should there not be a D. H. Lawrence? By that we meant that we might have to allow him the praise, than which there is none higher, of being himself an original; for such of his work as came our way was disquieting, as the original work of a contemporary writer always is.

This was the standard which we had in mind when we opened “The Lost Girl.” We now go on to trace the strayings and stumblings of that mind as it came to the conclusion that “The Lost Girl” is not an original, or a book which touches the...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|H1420015754