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Autograph Letter Signed, in pencil, 2 separate pages, on fragile paper; with a now brittle photo attached to end page, Zennor, St. Ives, Cornwall, Friday, no date [January 12, 1917]
. To J.B. Pinker, Lawrence's agent, referring to sending Pinker a manuscript of 'The Miracle'; talking about his book, "Women in Love" not being a novel any of the publishers wanted to publish; his issues with publishers paying him properly; and his desire to visit America where he felt he would be well received. Lawrence begins by informing Pinker that, "I send you the manuscript of another story - The Miracle, which is beautiful and ends happily, so the swine of people ought to be very thankful...." He refers here to the story The Horse Dealer's Daughter (published in English Review, xxxiv, April 1922) which was originally called The Miracle. He refers to his novel Women in Love, expressing doubt that any publisher would publish it and expresses joy that "there is no more Methuen [referring to the publishing house]." He calls his novel a "chef-d'oeuvre," but suggests that no one "will be dying to publish it." He also refers to poems that he had sent Pinker and suggests that he would be "rather glad if nobody wants... then I shall put them in the fire." He further mentions publishers talking about Duckworth and Mitchell Kennerley who Lawrence says swindled him. Mitchell Kennerley (1878-1950) became Lawrence's American publisher with the publication of "The Trespasser" in May 1912 ; he published "The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd" in 1914. Lawrence He ends by speaking of lack of funds (partly due to Kennerley not paying him properly) and saying, "I am determined that I will have some money before long. I am sick of poking about in a corner, up to the neck in poverty... I think America is my untilled field." Signed, "D.H. Lawrence." Published in The Letters of D.H. Lawrence: October 1916 - June 1921, #1354, where it is dated as 12 January 1918 [Text TMSC, NWU; Huxley 380]. Lawrence moved to Zennor in March of 1916. In "The Major Short Stories of D.H. Lawrence: A Handbook," by Kearney, page 147, "The Miracle" is discussed. "He at last sent the completed short story to his agent J.B. Pinker on January 12, 1917. The tone of the accompanying letter was dark." Kearney also quotes a letter of November 13 to Pinker stating that "The Miracle is 'on hand,' to be finished as soon as he sent off the novel Women in Love. In The Letters of D.H. Lawrence: October 1916 - June 1921, #1354, a footnote states that the story was "eventually re-titled The Horse Dealer's Daughter (see Tedlock, Lawrence MSS 93) and published in English Review...."
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