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Lady Chatterley's Loverby D.H. Lawrence
Synopses & Reviews
Inspired by the long-standing affair between Frieda, Lawrence's German wife, and an Italian peasant who eventually became her third husband, Lady Chatterley's Lover is thestory of Constance Chatterley, who, while trapped in an unhappy marriage to an aristocratic mine owner whose war wounds have left him paralyzed and impotent, has an affair with Mellors, the gamekeeper. Frank Kermode callsthe book Lawrence's great achievement and Anais Nin describes it as artistically . . . his best novel.
This Modern Library Paperback Classicsedition includes the transcript of the judge's decision in the famous 1959 obscenity trial that allowed the novel to be published in the United States.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Trapped in her sexless marriage to the invalid Sir Clifford, Constance Chatterley seeks a release in a passionate love affair with her husband's gamekeeper, in an unexpurgated edition of the controversial novel. Reissue.
Constance Chatterley turns from a sterile marriage to a passionate relationship with a spiritually independent gamekeeper.
About the Author
David Herbert (D. H.) Lawrence, whose fiction has had a profound influence on twentieth-century literature, was born on September 11, 1885, in a mining village in Nottinghamshire, England. His father was an illiterate coal miner, his mother a genteel schoolteacher determined to lift her children out of the working class. His parents' unhappy marriage and his mother's strong emotional claims on her son later became the basis for Lawrence's Sons and Lovers (1913), one of the most important autobiographical novels of this century.
In 1915, his masterpiece, The Rainbow, which like it's companion novel Women In Love (1920) dealt frankly with sex, was suppressed as indecent a month after its publication. Aaron's Road (1922); Kangaroo (1923), set in Australia; and The Plumed Serpent (1926), set in Mexico, were all written during Lawrence's travels in search of political and emotional refuge and healthful climate. In 1928, already desperately ill, Lawrence wrote Lady Chatterly's Lover. Banned as pornographic, the unexpurgated edition was not allowed legal circulation in Britain until 1960. D. H. Lawrence called his life, marked by struggle, frustration, and despair "a savage enough pilgrimage." He died on March 2, 1930, at the age of forty-four, in Vence, France.
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