Wordsworth Classics perform the function that 'Everyman' once did, providing remarkably cheap editions of well-known
works from the past. Apart from the text featured here, I have written introductions for the Complete Poems
of Lawrence, De Quincey's, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
, Catherine Carswell's biography of Lawrence
and Lady Chatterley's Lover
. In the less recent past I also did the same for the Penguin edition of three Lawrence novellas
, The Captain's Doll
and The Ladybird
) and two texts in the new 'Everyman's Library'
(Sons and Lovers
and Women in Love
). I like reading introductions, and therefore writing them, and find
it hard to follow the wholly sensible advice of the general editor of the Wordsworth Classics series that they
should only be read after
the work they introduce.