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Start by marking The Prussian Officer and Other Stories as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. David Herbert Richards Lawrence was an English writer of the 20th century, whose prolific and diverse output included novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, paintings, translations, literary criticism and personal letters.

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Short Stories & Anthologies. In The Prussian Officer and Other Stories, D. Lawrence explores in short story form the themes that dominate many of his best-known novels.

The Prussian Officer and Other Stories is a collection of early short stories by D. Lawrence. It was published by Duckworth in London on 26 November 1914, and in America by B. W. Huebsch in 1916. The stories collected in this volume are: "The Prussian Officer". The Thorn in the Flesh". Daughters of the Vicar". A Fragment of Stained Glass". The Shades of Spring". The Shadow in the Rose Garden".

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His first published collection, these twelve stories were written between 1907 and 1914, during a crucial period of development for Lawrence from which he emerged a leading figure of the modernist movement.

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D H David Herbert Lawrence. A short story by David Herbert Richards Lawrence, best known for his scandalous novel Lady Chatterley's Lover. The Prussian Officer revolves around the concept of quelling one's emotions. tells of a soldier, who witnesses the officer unmercifully beating his batman. Struck by these beatings, the solder falls for a sudden fit of anger and kills him. Unable to endure such a shock, he eventually goes out of his mind and dies in the woods. MoreLess Show More Show Less.

Twelve stories of remarkable power and sensitivity from one of Britain's great modernistsHis first published collection, these twelve stories were written between 1907 and 1914, during a crucial period of development for Lawrence from which he emerged a leading figure of the modernist movement. Reaching new levels of feeling and experience, these stories range from the tale of a Prussian officer who drives his orderly towards a bloody reckoning, to the strangely exotic elements of 'A Fragment of Stained Glass', and the divisions within society and conflicts of the heart that form the central themes of 'Daughters of a Vicar'. Interweaving individual lives, their happiness, failures and defeats, with the profound forces of nature, Lawrence has created stories of remarkable power and sensitivity. This Penguin edition reproduces the newly established Cambridge text, which is based on Lawrence's manuscripts, typescripts and corrected proofs.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

I could NOT read this book because of the mechanical or technical problems it posed on my Kindle, i.e. it would properly format the pages and cut words and sentences up with no regard to how the book was written. Insanely difficult to work with and impossible for me to comfortably read. I gave up after a few pages. My rating is no reflection on the masterful writing of D H Lawrence but is aimed at the morons that put this book out for Kindles.
All the stories were very different and interesting.I love the way they wrote too in those days. You could picture yourself being there as he told the story.
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Well written insightful almost Freudian short stories
Poorly read, poorly enunciated. Compare the incomparable readings of Flo Gibson of selected stories (Audiobookcontractors). This series should tell the purchaser who the reader is. Otherwise you may be purchasing bilge. Given the fact that Flo Gibson has read Meredith's Egoist (on audiocassetttes), one would want to know the reader on the long Babblebook. Strictly amateur.
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This short novel compresses in a few pages a storm of feelings, fears and prejudices. It's a calidoscope of the beauty of Nature, well masked homosexual desires, pride, humiliation, revenge, youth vs middle age, and an austere Prussian military environment where officers are a caste apart from ordinary soldiers. A Prussian aristocrat, son of a Polish countess, has many debts due to gambling, he has destroyed his career prospects and so he is just a captain albeit 40 years old. His soldier-servant on the other hand is a well-built young man full of life, obedient and patient. Between the two men there is a relationship of friction, incompatible with their very existence, something like the relationship between life and death themselves, which will leal both of them to disastrous results. A short but great story by a D.H. Lawrence, written just before the Great War.

The Prussian Officer and Other Stories by D. H. Lawrence. Edited by John Worthen with an introduction and notes by Brian Finney. Recommended.


In The Prussian Officer and Other Stories, D. H. Lawrence explores in short story form the themes that dominate many of his best-known novels. "The Daughters of the Vicar," for example, echoes both Women in Love and Sons and Lovers, where one relationship is out of balance and the other shows some promise, and where a son is in near-complete subjection to his mother-even after her death. The question left unanswered at the end of "Daughters" is whether collier Alfred Durant will be any more successful at forming a lasting relationship with Louisa than artist Paul Morel was. The answer would seem to be "yes" since he and Louisa are to be married soon-although in the other stories, marriage does not mean a meaningful or lasting relationship has been achieved. It's up to reader speculation whether they will end up like the couple in "The White Stocking" or the couple in "The Odour of Chrysanthemums."

Lawrence's world is focused on dominance and subjection, whether sexual, social, or economic, and the resulting imbalances. For all their social loftiness, the vicar's family is as poor or poorer than the uneducated colliers whom coal mining (ironically) elevates economically if not socially. As in the mines, there is a going down and coming up of the classes, with the declining rural gentry no better off than the rising class of miners and their managers. Lawrence experienced the mixing of these disparate groups in his own family, with his educated and domineering mother and his ignorant and brutal father. It's not difficult to find the origins of Elizabeth and Walter Bates in "The Odour of Chrysanthemums." In this story, Lawrence overtly articulates the alienation the wife feels from her husband, once death has given her the objective distance to realise it.

While compelling, this story demonstrates what I believe is Lawrence's predominant weakness-a heavy handedness of the author's voice in the narration of thought. Across all the stories (and the novels), his characters have similar thoughts and reactions, often expressed in similar terms that seem unlikely and unnatural for those particular characters. In many cases, you could lift entire sentences and even passages with little revision and transplant them seamlessly into any of his other stories or novels. While most critics, better informed than I about Lawrence's social and cultural milieu and his artistic intent, understand this as part of his "metaphysic," I find it artificial and tiresome. Reading so many stories together in a compressed time period highlights their similarities in theme, tone, and point of view.

As an example, this passage sounds less like the voice of the wife of a dead collier and than that of Lawrence himself: "There were the children-but the children belonged to life. This dead man had nothing to do with them. He and she were only channels through which life had flowed to issue in the children." At a certain level, many of Lawrence's characters have no voice that is recognizable as their own-only as his. They are in subjugation to his dominance, which burdens and overwhelms this collection.

Two stories that stand out are set in the military: "The Prussian Officer" (originally "Honour and Arms") and "The Thorn in the Flesh." In the former, a young orderly revenges himself on his rigid and sexually sadistic captain, then dies blindly to restore the balance. In the latter, the runaway soldier and his country servant girlfriend find spiritual elevation and detachment from their mundane concerns in their sexual unification. They are free to face the repercussions of their respective transgressions with indifference. "A Fragment of Stained Glass" is memorable for its medieval setting, sadism, and eeriness, but is flawed by a particularly weak ending that adds nothing and detracts from the tale's previous tone.

The Prussian Officer and Other Stories is a must for anyone interested in Lawrence and his development. Most of these stories are unforgettable, partly because of their symbolism and partly because they integrate pieces of Lawrence's overarching metaphysic. As a side note, my favourite Lawrence story-indeed, one of my favourite short stories by any author-is not part of this collection: the haunting "The Rocking-Horse Winner."


6 September 2004.

Diane L. Schirf.

The collection of short stories I read in "The Prussian Officer and Other Stories" were a good selection of what life was like in Nottingham, where the author was born. D.H. Lawrence's pieces like "Odour of the Chrysanthemums" and "The Daughters of the Vicar" reflect on his childhood and the city he lived in. The reader has that feeling that reminds them of their town and the people that lived there. The people in his stories have some influence on what their lives were like.

I read some of the pieces in class and actually found myself immersed into them. The use of dialogue, details of the countryside, and the tensions between class, gender, and sexuality. Reading these pieces I grew to appreciate literature and its structure.