D H Lawrence – Major Poet

Holly A Laird gave the final talk of the D H Lawrence Society programme of lectures in 2020. She was speaking to a Zoom meeting from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Professor Laird is Frances W O'Hornett Chair of Literature at the University of Tulsa. She is also Director of Women's and Gender Studies there.

The subject of her warm and witty talk was the latest Journal of D H Lawrence Studies. The D H Lawrence Society produces this work annually. Professor Laird was guest editor of this edition.

The 2020 Journal responds to the publication of the final volume of the Cambridge Edition of Lawrence's poetry. Dr Christopher Pollnitz has edited The Poems: Volume 3, Uncollected Poems and Early Versions.

Dr Pollnitz is Conjoint Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Science (English and Writing) at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Leading international academics have contributed short essays to this year's Journal. They joined Society members on Zoom from, for example, France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy. Dr Pollnitz also spoke to the meeting from his home in New South Wales.

The consensus among these experts is that the publication of the Cambridge Edition will help to establish D H Lawrence as a major poet.

Lawrence attended Nottingham High School from 1898 to 1901, one year before the formation of the Old Nottinghamians' Society for 'the promotion of good fellowship among the Members.'

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Professor Laird is a member of the DH Lawrence International Symposium Committee. The Symposium will take place from 10th to 14th July 2021. Details of the programme will be available here. In 2022 Professor Laird will be one of the hosts for the next major conference. Academics and scholars from around the world will meet in Taos, New Mexico, where Lawrence lived from 1922-3 and 1924-5.