Sons and Lovers

D. H. LAWRENCE (1885 - 1930)


This intimate portrait of a coal-miner's family fastens on each member in turn: Walter Morel, the collier; Gertrude, his wife; and the children: William, Annie, Arthur, and Paul. When Mrs. Morel begins to be estranged from her husband because of his poor financial sense and his drinking habits, she comes to inhabit the lives of her children - most particularly, her sons. She is determined that they will grow to be something more than men that come home blackened with coal dust every day and roaring with drink every night. As each grows up and moves away, she must release him. But Paul, she holds; they have a bond that defies time and the attractions of young women.

Lawrence originally intended the book's title to be "Paul Morel" and it is on this son - and his lovers - that he spends the bulk of his tale. The strong mother can make a success of her son, but if he cannot learn to leave his mother's apron strings, will he really be a better man than his father? (Summary by Mark Smith)

Genre(s): Published 1900 onward

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01a – The Early Married Life of the Morels, Part A Mark F. Smith
00:35:49
Play 02 01b – The Early Married Life of the Morels, Part B Mark F. Smith
00:35:12
Play 03 02 – The Birth of Paul, and Another Battle Mark F. Smith
00:50:51
Play 04 03 – The Casting Off of Morel Mark F. Smith
00:31:56
Play 05 04a – The Young Life of Paul, Part A Mark F. Smith
00:32:06
Play 06 04b – The Young Life of Paul, Part 2 Mark F. Smith
00:37:26
Play 07 05a – Paul Launches Into Life, Part 1 Mark F. Smith
00:44:26
Play 08 05b – Paul Launches Into Life, Part 2 Mark F. Smith
00:37:44
Play 09 06a – Death in the Family, Part 1 Mark F. Smith
00:37:48
Play 10 06b – Death in the Family, Part 2 Mark F. Smith
00:37:28
Play 11 07a – Lad-and-Girl Love, Part 1 Mark F. Smith
00:32:44
Play 12 07b – Lad-and-Girl Love, Part 2 Mark F. Smith
00:36:53
Play 13 07c – Lad-and-Girl Love, Part 3 Mark F. Smith
00:34:25
Play 14 08a – Strife in Love, Part 1 Mark F. Smith
00:32:55
Play 15 08b – Strife of Love, Part 2 Mark F. Smith
00:59:08
Play 16 09a – Defeat of Miriam, Part 1 Mark F. Smith
00:50:17
Play 17 09b – Defeat of Miriam, Part 2 Mark F. Smith
00:48:52
Play 18 10a – Clara, Part 1 Mark F. Smith
00:35:20
Play 19 10b – Clara, Part 2 Mark F. Smith
00:31:33
Play 20 11a – The Test on Miriam, Part 1 Mark F. Smith
00:34:03
Play 21 11b – The Test on Miriam, Part 2 Mark F. Smith
00:30:59
Play 22 12a – Passion, Part 1 Mark F. Smith
00:38:43
Play 23 12b – Passion, Part 2 Mark F. Smith
00:33:35
Play 24 12c – Passion, Part 3 Mark F. Smith
00:36:30
Play 25 13a – Baxter Dawes, Part 1 Mark F. Smith
00:33:56
Play 26 13b – Baxter Dawes, Part 2 Mark F. Smith
00:35:39
Play 27 13c – Baxter Dawes, Part 3 Mark F. Smith
00:30:45
Play 28 14a – The Release, Part 1 Mark F. Smith
00:32:32
Play 29 14b – The Release, Part 2 Mark F. Smith
00:47:24
Play 30 15 – Derelict Mark F. Smith
00:30:44