Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

John Worthen

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pp. vii-xii

D. H. Lawrence's play The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd, representing work he had done at various times between 1910 and 1913, is one of his most significant early works. He began it as an unknown and almost unpublished writer in London, influenced by the suggestion of Ford Madox Hueffer that he should concentrate on the lives of the working class he knew so well ...

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Introduction

Edwin Björkman

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pp. xiii-xvi

D. H. Lawrence is one of the most significant of the new generation of writers just beginning to appear in England. One of their chief marks is that they seem to step forward full-grown, without a history to account for their maturity. Another characteristic is that they frequently spring from social layers which in the past had to remain largely voiceless. ...

The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd

Persons

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p. 2

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The First Act

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pp. 3-35

The kitchen of a miner's small cottage. On the left is the fireplace, with a deep, full red fire. At the back is a white-curtained window, and beside it the outer door of the room. On the right, two white wooden stairs intrude into the kitchen below the closed stairfoot door. ...

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The Second Act

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pp. 36-61

The scene is the same, two hours later. The cottage is in darkness, save for the firelight. On the table is spread a newspaper. A cup and saucer, a plate, a piece of bacon in the frying tin are on the newspaper ready for the miner's breakfast. Mrs. Holroyd has gone to bed. There is a noise of heavy stumbling down the three ...

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The Third Act

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pp. 62-93

Scene, the same. Time, the following evening, about seven o'clock. The table is half laid, with a large cup and saucer, plate, etc., ready for Holroyd's dinner, which, like all miners, he has when he comes home between four and five o'clock. ...