First published in July 1926 in Harper's Bazaar magazine, "The Rocking-Horse Winner" is one of D.H. Lawrence's most well-known short stories. An exemplar of Modernist fiction, "The Rocking-Horse Winner" tells the story of a young boy named Paul who learns to predict horse-race winners by frantically riding a rocking-horse until he enters a trance. A commentary on the damage done to individuals by a society obsessed with achieving wealth and maintaining social status, the story appeared in a volume of Lawrence’s collected stories. It has been adapted to the screen multiple times, including a well-regarded 1949 feature film The Rocking Horse Winner.


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