Sons and Lovers

How can we see Sons and Lovers as a turning point in the English novel?

In this respect, the novel is not centrally focused on class, marriage, money, and gender in the manner in which such contentions dominated earlier.

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It is difficult to classify this novel. It has elements of Bildungsroman (coming of age) yet the novel wanders away from it. Lawrence didn't make his novel gothic, pastoral, or even a Jane Austin-like critique of British social mores. Lawrence once wrote that Sons and Lovers has the qualities of "A book which is not a copy of other books has its own construction." In that sense Lawrence certainly was remaking the British novel.