Writers with new techniques for creating prose often find themselves on the outskirts of critical acceptance, their voice attacked, their method questioned, their work disdained. Only a consummate belief in the validity of their experimentation and the joy of their own creative efforts keep such writers intent on championing their revolutionary language. D.H. Lawrence pioneered a new method of characterization in novels like Women in Love that elicited strongly negative criticism, but if his attackers had been sensitive to and appreciative of his earlier experiments with metaphoric prose, they might have understood sooner the genius of his methods. It was only after sustained attacks, however, that Lawrence came to be heralded for a method of revealing character that today seems to have been in the mainstream of those experiments with color and line that the French impressionists had developed generations before him.



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