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•"We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive and in the flesh, and part of the living, incarnate cosmos. I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me. That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea. My soul knows that I am part of the human race, my soul is an organic part of the great human soul, as my spirit is part of my nation. In my own very self, I am part of my family. There is nothing of me that is alone and absolute except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surface of the waters.
D.H. Lawrence, Apocalypse (1930)
On this day, 2nd March 1930, D H Lawrence, died.
David Herbert Richards Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter who published as D. H. Lawrence.
D H Lawrence came to Australia and resided here for a short time in 1922, firstly in Western Australia. He and his wife then stayed in Thirroul, south of Sydney where he completed the novel, Kangaroo. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the house where they stayed, Wyewurk is the earliest Australian bungalow to show the influence of the Californian Bungalow style of architecture.
The State Library of New South Wales holds a collection of sources relating to the period when D H Lawrence lived in Australia and the efforts to preserve the house Wyewurk, at Thirroul.