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Death and the AuthorHow D. H. Lawrence Died, and Was Remembered$
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David Ellis

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546657

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546657.001.0001

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(p.167) 16 Will-Power
Death and the Author

David Ellis

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses will and powerlessness. Death renders us powerless but human beings have always sought ways of mitigating that unfortunate fact. One of the most important of these is the last will and testament. Making a will is a method for extending one's influence beyond the grave. By trying to escape powerlessness, one method is making a will but important people from the past sometimes had a monument erected to their memory, one by which their image, in the primary sense of that word, could be perpetuated. Lawrence did not leave a will at all but died, as the lawyers say, intestate. Lawrence held an old Arab belief that making a will is a recipe for imminent death. Making no will would not have mattered in the early days when Lawrence had nothing to leave.

Keywords:   D. H. Lawrence, death, will-power, monument, intestate

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