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Circulating Genius

John Middleton Murry, Katherine Mansfield and D. H. Lawrence

Sydney Janet Kaplan

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The relationship between the personal lives of writers and the works they produce is at the heart of this intriguing new study. In particular, it reconsiders the place of John Middleton Murry (1889-1957) in the development of literary modernism in Britain. Drawing on Murry's unpublished journals and long-forgotten novels, Circulating Genius examines his significance as a 'circulator' of ideas, reputations and critical positions in his roles of editor, literary critic, novelist, friend and lover and complicates the arguments of earlier biographers and critics about his relationships - both personal and professional - with Katherine Mansfield and D. H. Lawrence.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
1. 'My Blundering Way of Learning': Murry's Still Life
2. Still Life and Women in Love
3. From Still Life to 'Bliss'
4. 'A Furious Bliss'
5. 'With Cannonballs for Eyes'
6. 'The Coming Man and Woman'
7. The Things We Are
8. Circulating Mansfield
9. Circulating Lawrence
10.Circulating Murry
Bibliography
Index.

About the Author

Sydney Janet Kaplan is Professor of English at the University of Washington. She is the author of Katherine Mansfield and the Origins of Modernist Fiction (Cornell University Press, 1991) and Feminine Consciousness in the Modern British Novel (University of Illinois Press, 1975).