Quetzalcoatl by D H LawrenceQuetzalcoatl by D H Lawrence


byD H LawrenceForeword byLouis L Martz

Paperback | May 1, 1998

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Now available for the first time as a paperbook, Quetzalcoatl is D.H. Lawrence's last unpublished manuscript" and the early version of his great Mexican novel, The Plumed Serpent. Kate Burns is the widow of a failed Irish patriot, strong-minded and independent, who unlike the heroine of The Plumed Serpent, refuses to simply join the Mexican revolutionary movement based on a revival of the Aztec gods. Quetzalcoatl is arguably one of Lawrence's most feminist works: the rise of a revolution filtered through the consciousness of a woman of tremendous individuality. Quetzalcoatl, a more cohesive novel than The Plumed Serpent, is classic D. H. Lawrence - for its vivid evocation of the Mexican culture and mythology, and its intensity of feeling and psychological insight. This edition includes an illuminating introduction and textual commentary by Sterling Professor of English at Yale, Louis Martz. "The Plumed Serpent," Martz says, "may be judged a success within its own mode of existence. For a different sort of novel, we may turn now to Quetzalcoatl.""
Louis L. Martz's publications included The Paradise Within: Studies in Vaughan, Traherne, and Milton," "Poet of Exile: a Study of Milton's Poetry" and "Many Gods and Many Voices: the Role of the Prophet in English and American Modernism." He edited "H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), 1886-1961. Collected Poems, 1912-1944." Louis L. Martz's pu...
Title:QuetzalcoatlFormat:PaperbackDimensions:358 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.92 inPublished:May 1, 1998Publisher:New Directions

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0811213854

ISBN - 13:9780811213851


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In the 1920s, D.H. Lawrence journeyed to Mexico and was so captivated by what he encountered in this strange, exotic land that he was inspired to write Quetzalcoatl. Also titled The Plumed Serpent - because the original publisher objected to the strange Mexican name - this novel follows the story of Kate Burns, the widow of an Irish patriot who, while visiting Mexico, gets entangled in the cult of Quetzalcoatl and the Mexican revolutionary movement. A rich and probing novel that Lawrence counted as one of his best.