Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence is a work of classic literature. Written in 1913 by the English writer, it is considered one of Lawrence's masterpieces. The book portrays the life and love of Paul Morel, a young man and artist. The Oedipus complex is explored, with Paul's intense relationship with his mother and hatred of his father. As Lawrence explains "As her sons grow up she selects them as lovers - first the eldest, then the second. These sons are urged into life by their reciprocal love of their mother - urged on and on. But when they come to manhood, they can't love, because their mother is the strongest power in their lives." (D.H. Lawrence)'Lovers' between mother and sons is meant in the psychological sense. The novel does portray Paul's sexual relationship with Miriam, then Clara in great detail. Early sexual relationships, class and family are important themes of the book (which is thought to be inspired by Lawrence's own relationship with his mother).
D.H. Lawrence has masterful insight into the relations between men and women. He captures the beauty of humans and nature, with strong female characters and intelligent depth of psychology.