D. H. Lawrence on Screen

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For the past half century, filmmakers have been fascinated and challenged by the provocative subject matter of D. H. Lawrence's fiction as well as by the passionate eroticism of his cadenced, sensuous prose. This groundbreaking study focuses on three highly acclaimed film adaptations of Lawrence's novels and short stories - Anthony Pelissier's haunting The Rocking-Horse Winner (1949), Jerry Wald's pictorially stunning Sons and Lovers (1960), and Ken Russell's daring Women in Love (1970). The author pinpoints in depth and detail how each filmmaker attempted (not always successfully) to replicate visually and aurally those elements of prose that produce the quintessentially Lawrentian style. A book for both specialists and general readers, D. H. Lawrence on Screen demonstrates just how crucial the cinematic translation of a writer's distinctive style is to the excellence of a film adaptation of his or her work.


The Author: Jane Jaffe Young received her Ph.D. from New York University in 1996 and is Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York, where she teaches Composition, Literature, and Film. A freelance writer, she has published articles in academic journals and in New York Magazine, the Village Voice, the Daily News, and Newsday.

"A thoroughly researched analysis of three keyfilm adaptations of Lawrence's fiction, emphasizing how each filmmaker sought to capture the novelist's unique prose style in reshaping the original stories for the screen. This intriguing study gives us fresh insights into the relationship of fiction and film, and is a genuine contribution to scholarship." (Gene D. Phillips, author of 'Conrad and Cinema' and 'Ken Russell')
"Jane Jaffe Young has had the good idea to examine three film adaptations of fictions by D. H. Lawrence. As a scholar of both literature and film, she has a firm grasp of both mediums, matched by conscientious research into the making, reception, and evaluation of each work on both page and screen. Her analyses are sound, her assessments and exposition lucid, and her conclusions are of equal value to Lawrence scholars, film students, and all others who care about film and fiction and their fascinating interplay." (John Simon, film critic for 'National Review'; drama critic for 'New York Magazine')

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D. H. Lawrence on Screen
Re-Visioning Prose Style in the Films of "The Rocking-Horse Winner", "Sons and Lovers , and "Women in Love
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