[ModLib] _Sons and Lovers_ early editions

Gordon Barrick Neavill neavill at wayne.edu
Tue Jun 26 15:38:20 EDT 2012

The ML's Chatterley is that of the th e  1959 Grove Press edition, the first unexpuraged edition openly published in the U.S. Grove Press made new plates for the ML, probably because the plates for the 1959 edition  were too large for the ML's format, and told the ML that a misprint in the Grove edition had been corrected when the text was reset. In the first sentence of the ninth paragraph of chapter 1, “unusual” was corrected to  “unused” (ML, p.  4). The corrected sentence reads, “Constance, his wife, was a ruddy, country-looking girl with soft brown hair and sturdy body, and slow movements, full of unused energy.” Gertzman's bibliography of Lady Chatterley's Lover states that the  ML edition “is the only edition to date with this corrected reading” ( p. 152). 


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For what it is worth, I have a 1922 copy of _Sons and Lovers_ printed from plates made for the 1913 (American) edition published by Mitchell Kennerley. It runs 517 pages. It looks like this was the source of the ML plates. 

Kennerley was an interesting publisher--more open to experimental books than others, not known as a terrifically commercial outfit. Scott Fitzgerald made a joke about this to Maxwell Perkins, threatening to go to Kennerley if _Gatsby_ didn't sell some astronomical number of copies. _Sons and Lovers_ was one of Kennerley's great successes (see Matthew J. Bruccoli's book on Kennerley). Later Lawrence went to Thomas Seltzer (_The Rainbow, Women in Love_) before landing at Knopf. 

According to a bibliography I have of _Lady Chatterley's Lover,_ the ML of this novel (I am writing here from memory, would have to check if anyone wants more precise information) has the best generally available edition of Lawrence's much-pirated and trucked-with text. 


Roger L. 

I have a Boni and Liveright edition- it has the Macy intro and also runs 517 pages. 

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From: Bill Hornick <willthemad at aol.com> 
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Sent: Mon, Jun 25, 2012 10:43 am 
Subject: [ModLib] Sons and Lovers early editions 

Dear ML Collectors, 
Can anyone tell me how the earlier editions of 109.1, Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, differ from the revised edition of 1928 as listed by Mr. Toledano in his 2000 Guide ?  The ML Website has no data on this topic. 
Based on dealers' listing of the first edition, it has the Macy introduction and 517 pages.  I have a 1928 edition but it may not be the revised one.  I can detect no differences without an actual copy of the earlier ones. 
I thank you in advance for your attention and assistance. 
Bill Hornick 
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