D.H. Lawrence

Born on September 11, 1885, David Herbert Lawrence was the son of a coal miner and a former schoolteacher. From his humble beginnings, he would go on to write some of the finest novels and  short stories of the early twentieth century. In addition to being the author of some of the most enduringly powerful fiction of his time, he was an accomplished painter, an insightful critic, and an innovative poet. In fact, it was a collection of his poetry, published by Ford Maddox Ford in a 1909 issue of the English Review, that launched him into the literary spotlight, though wider recognition and success came with the release of his 1911 novel The White Peacock. After the First World War, Lawrence and his wife, Frieda von Richthofen, left England (in a sort of self-imposed exile), for Italy. They remained there until 1922, when they decided to leave Europe entirely. After a brief stay in Australia, the two moved to North America, where they spent several years in Mexico and the United States before Lawrence’s failing health forced them to return to Europe. He died on March 2, 1930 in Venice, leaving behind him a body of work that includes such classics as Sons and LoversThe RainbowWomen in Loveand Lady Chatterley’s Loverwhich was famously prosecuted for obscenity in 1960 (see trial).

For more information on D.H. Lawrence’s early life and works, click here.


“D.H. Lawrence.” The Literature Network. Jalic Inc. 2012. Web. 31 July 2012.

Image of D.H. Lawrence. “Superior to all Others.” Daily Writing Quote. 5 June 2012. Web. 21 July 2012

Robertson, Geoffrey. “The trial of Lady Chatterley’s Lover.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Ltd. 22 October 2010. Web. 31 July 2012.


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