David Herbert Richards Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) was an English writer
of the 20th century, whose prolific and diverse output included novels, short stories,
poems, plays, essays, travel books, paintings, translations, and literary criticism. His
collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of
modernity and industrialization. In them, Lawrence confronts issues relating to emotional
health and vitality, spontaneity, human sexuality and instinct.
Lawrence's opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution,
censorship, and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his
life, much of which he spent in a voluntary exile he called his "savage pilgrimage." At
the time of his death, his public reputation was that of a pornographer who had wasted his
considerable talents. E. M. Forster, in an obituary notice, challenged this widely held
view, describing him as, "The greatest imaginative novelist of our generation." Later,
the influential Cambridge critic F. R. Leavis championed both his artistic integrity and
his moral seriousness, placing much of Lawrence's fiction within the canonical "great
tradition" of the English novel. Lawrence is now generally valued as a visionary thinker
and significant representative of modernism in English literature, although some feminists
object to the attitudes toward women and sexuality found in his world.
Lady Chatterley's Lover
A book most notable for the controversy surrounding its publication, Lady Chatterley's Lover underwent various printings due to its sexual content: it was published privately in Florence in 1928, in a bowdlerized version in London in 1932 and finally unexpurgated by Grove Press in America in 1959. It was also Lawrence's last novel.
It is the story of Connie, Constance Reid, who marries Sir Clifford Chatterley in 1917 only to have him wounded in the war such that he must be confined to a wheelchair permanently soon afterwards. After a brief affair with Michaelis the playwright that leaves her unsatisfied, Lady Chatterley enjoys an extremely passionate relationship with Oliver Mellors, the gamekeeper on their estate.
The later stages of the novel move onto the issue of her pregnancy by Mellors and her trip to Venice to disguise the true parentage of the progeny. The truth is eventually uncovered and the novel ends with a sense of fulfillment for both Lady Chatterley and Mellors although the situation is never fully resolved. The story and its sentiments suggest that the sexual relationship is the most profound of all and that it may be debased either by treating it lightly or by viewing it with shame (the attitudes seemingly taken by young and old respectively). The main reason for the censorship of the book in England was the unprecedented unrestrained and explicit language used to describe the Mellors affair.
No. words: 124000 We do not recommend this book for readers under 18 years of age
Style: Literature and Classics, Mainstream Erotica, Classics pre 1945
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Published: 7 / 2014