Introduction and Notes by Dr Jeff Wallace, University of GlamorganLawrence's finest, most mature novel initially met with disgust andincomprehension. In the love affairs of two sisters, Ursula with Rupert,and Gudrun with Gerald, critics could only see a sorry tale of sexualdepravity and philosophical obscurity. Women in Love is, however, aprofound response to a whole cultural crisis. The 'progress' of the modernindustrialised world had led to the carnage of the First World War. What,then, did it mean to call ourselves 'human'? On what grounds could weplace ourselves above and beyond the animal world? What are the definitiveforms of our relationships - love, marriage, family, friendship - reallyworth? And how might they be otherwise? Without directly referring to thewar, Women in Love explores these questions with restless energy. As asequel to The Rainbow, the novel develops experimental techniques whichmade Lawrence one of the most important writers of the Modernist movement.