D H Lawrence
Born on 11th of September 1885
Died on 2nd of March 1930
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It is a testament to the prudish nature of the society that David Herbert Lawrence existed in that he continues to be known not for the quality of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, but for the furore that surrounded its posthumous publication in 1960. The resultant obscenity trial threatened to eclipse the likes of Sons And Lovers and The Rainbow (despite the controversy Lawrence had already courted thanks to accusations he was a chauvinist), and he spent much of his life being persecuted for the sexual content of his works, but in today’s much more permissive society he is considered a progressive voice and forward-looking thinker.
Born in Nottinghamshire in 1885 to a miner father and schoolteacher mother, Lawrence moved to London at 23. As his early career as a writer took off with the publication of The White Peacock, The Trespasser and later Sons And Lover’, the First World War broke out and he was embroiled in a series of controversies – one of which resulted in Lawrence being accused of being a German spy – leading him to take a period of voluntary exile from England. Sojourns in America and finally in Italy proved to be much calmer and allowed him to concentrate on producing arguably his best work, as well as starting to express himself through painting. Immediately after his death in France in 1930 his obituaries were almost universally negative, perhaps because of the outré sexual imagery in his writing, but his enduring legacy remains that of an impassioned, talented writer.
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