Sons and Lovers

Literary significance and criticism

The critic Harold Bloom listed Sons and Lovers in his The Western Canon (1994) as one of the books that have been important and influential in Western culture.[2] In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Sons and Lovers ninth on a list of the 100 best novels in English of the 20th century.[3]

The novel contains a frequently quoted use of the English dialect word "nesh". The speech of several protagonists is represented in Lawrence's written interpretation of the Nottinghamshire dialect,[4] which also features in several of his poems.[5]

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