D. H. Lawrence's best-known late fictions are presented in this volume, which is dominated by two powerful novellas, The Virgin and the Gipsy and The Escaped Cock (also known as The Man Who Died). In the first, a young woman from a restrictive English rectory discovers further dimensions to life through her contact with a gipsy; in the second, an unnamed man - in fact Lawrence's vision of Christ - is resurrected and escapes from his tomb. Both novellas deal with the themes of escape and sexual awakening, which are echoed in the four short stories and three fragments also collected here. This edition restores Lawrence's final texts, before the changes introduced by censorship, mistakes in transmission and various other forms of interference, with variants recorded. The introduction traces the history of the stories, while the notes offer help with allusions, contexts and other points of potential difficulty or interest.
General editor's preface; Chronology; Introduction; The Virgin and the Gipsy; 'Things'; 'Rawdon's Roof'; 'Mother and Daughter'; The Escaped Cock; 'The Blue Moccasins'; Appendix I: The Escaped Cock: early versions; Appendix II: 'The Man Who Was Through with the World'; Appendix III: 'The Undying Man'; Appendix IV: 'The Blue Moccasins': early versions; Appendix V: 'The Woman Who Wanted to Disappear'; Explanatory notes; Textual apparatus; Note on pounds, shillings and pence.