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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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Ending it All

Ending it All

(p.74) 8 Ending it All
Death and the Author

David Ellis

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the depression of Lawrence and his suicide attempts. At the beginning of The Rack, the central character is understood by others to have congratulated him on suffering from a disease which was at least painless but is told to reserve judgment until he has seen someone dying from tuberculosis. It was the nights which Lawrence found particularly hard to bear. When the painful circumstances, and the knowledge of his wife's infidelity, are added to the constant pain of his illness, it is not hard to see how there must have been a case for ending it all. Lawrence had been subject to periods of profound depression, he attempted to commit suicide. He was not seriously prepared to kill himself because until the very last hours he never gave up hope that he would get better. But, there was also the fact that he never stopped loving ‘life’, that natural rather than social world of which he was always striving to become a more integral part.

Keywords:   D. H. Lawrence, depression, suicide, tuberculosis, illness, hope

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