A Five Book Birthday Salute to D.H. Lawrence
Hailed as a genius by some, labelled an out-of-fashion misogynist by others, he’s probably best known for his novels Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterley’s Lover. But he also explored an extraordinary range of emotions and subject matter and was a prolific short story writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator, painter and man of letters.
Happy Birthday to D.H Lawrence, easily one of the most controversial writers of the 20th century. His “works, among other things, represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. In them, some of the issues Lawrence explores are emotional health, vitality, spontaneity and instinct.” source
Ironically, Lawrence was born in the same month we now celebrate Banned Books Week. His novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover being a poster child for censorship for it was banned for more than 30 years in both Britain and America after it was published.
For more on Lawrence, the University of Nottingham has a website devoted to all things D.H. Lawrence.
The First Edition of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, 1928.
The Virgin And The Gipsy, 1930.
D. H. Lawrence An Unprofessional Study by Anais Nin, 1932.
Fantasia of the Unconscious. Published by Thomas Seltzer in New York, 1922.
Sons and Lovers. Published by Duckworth. London, 1913.