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Lawrence, D.H.

Sons and Lovers. Second 'pirate' edition of rare Russian translation.

Sons and Lovers. Second 'pirate' edition of rare Russian translation.

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Lawrence, D. H. [Sons and Lovers]. Synov'ya i Lubovniki. Novel.

Series Biblioteka noveyshey literatury Tom XLIX.
[Translation by N. Chukovsky].

Riga, Knigoizdatel'stvo "Gramatu Draugs", 1929.
8vo, 278 pp., 2 pp. (advertising).

In modern hardback.

In good condition, small crack to spine, light wears to spine, owner’s mark to title page, lightly water-stained to page margins.

Second edition of rare Russian translation. Lifetime edition.

The first Russian edition of 'Sons and Lovers' (1913) was published in Leningrad in 1927. The translation was prepared by the poet and writer Nikolay Chukovsky (1904-1965), the son of Korney Chukovsky, one of Russia's most renowned children's poets. Unfortunately, this talented translation is practically unknown today.
In 1929, Chukovsky's version was reprinted in Riga without the translator's name in what can be considered a pirate edition.
In 1999, 'Sons and Lovers' was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the '100 best novels in English of the 20th century'.

There is no information about this edition in 'The Reception of D.H. Lawrence in Europe' (Edited by C. Jansohn and D. Mehl. Continuum, 2007).

OCLC locates two copies of this edition: in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Alberta Libraries.

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