Books: Out of the Closet

THE COMPLETE PLAYS OF D. H. LAWRENCE. 558 pages. Viking. $7.50.

D. H. Lawrence once described himself as "a kind of human bomb." The bomb exploded in all directions. Lawrence left 14 brooding, contentious novels, dozens of excited essays, scores of loose, somewhat lumpy poems, and hundreds of febrile, fretful letters. He painted, occasionally, as he wrote, in an earnest, impetuous manner. All of these disjecta membra have been examined with fascination and respect by a large number of critics, biographers and memoirists, but they have all but ignored the skeleton in Lawrence's literary...

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