Books: The Fleshly Muse

FRIEDA LAWRENCE: THE MEMOIRS AND CORRESPONDENCE edited by E. W. TedlockJr. 481 pages. Knopf. $7.50

As an early prophet of the century's sexual revolution, in prose and by example, D. H. Lawrence attracted swarms of intense female admirers, several of whom rushed into print right after his death with memoirs whose burden was that only the author understood "Lorenzo's" real self, and only his cloddish wife Frieda stood in the way of some blazing fusion that would make sexual, if not literary, history.

Lawrence died in 1930, leaving generations of teen-agers to pore over...

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