About the Book
. . . you love me so much, you want to put me in your pocket. And there I will die smothered. Following a passionate whirlwind romance with Walter Morel, an unsophisticated, drinking miner, Gertrude Coppard, a refined and delicately moulded woman, becomes Mrs. Morel, only to face the difficulties of living in a rented house with her husbands meagre salary and no satisfaction in life. As they drift apart, Mrs. Morels affections shift to her sons. Dedicating her life, first to William, the oldest, and then to Paul, her second son, she is determined that they not follow their father. But what happens as the sons enter manhood and come in contact with women? Will Paul be able to escape his mothers suffocating grasp? Will Mrs. Morel remain a custodian of her sons souls? Drawing upon Lawrences provincial upbringing, Sons and Lovers is a gripping portrayal of class, family, childhood, adolescence, and sexual relationships. Lawrences finest achievement, this semi-autobiographical masterpiece is placed ninth on the Modern Librarys list of 100 best novels of the 20th century.