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The Ladybird; The Fox; The Captain's Doll
by D. H. Lawrence
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These three novellas explore human relationships and the devastating results of war. In The Fox, a predator targets two young women living on a small farm during the First World War. The Captains Doll explores the complex relationship between a German countess and a married Scottish soldier in occupied Germany. In The Ladybird, a wounded prisoner of war has a disturbing influence on the Englishwoman who visits him in the hospital.
* Uses the restored texts of the Cambridge edition
* Includes a new introduction, chronology, and further reading
D.H. Lawrence wrote these three novelettes between November 1920 and December 1921. The ending of the first version of The Fox, written in 1918, is given in an appendix; Lawrence later added a "long tail". The Ladybird also started out as a short story, but was completely rewritten; two manuscript pages omitted by the typist are included for the first time. The Captain's Doll arose out of Lawrence's visit to Austria in the summer of 1920. Professor Dieter Mehl gives the composition histories, and relates problems with typists and in publication. There is an appendix on the models for the main characters and the setting of The Fox.
About the Author
D. H. Lawrence (18851930) was one of the greatest figures in twentieth-century English literature. His works include The Rainbow and Lady Chatterleys Lover.
Blake Morrison has written numerous works, including Things My Mother Never Told Me.
Helen Dunmore, a novelist, poet, and short story writer, won the Orange Prize for Fiction with A Spell of Winter.
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