21 March 2014 - D.H. LAWRENCE


  • NAME: D.H. Lawrence
  • OCCUPATION: Journalist, Author, Playwright, Poet
  • BIRTH DATE: September 11, 1885
  • DEATH DATE: March 02, 1930
  • EDUCATION: Nottingham High School, University College of Nottingham
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
  • PLACE OF DEATH: Vence, France
  • Full Name: David Herbert Lawrence
  • AKA: David H. Lawrence
  • AKA: D.H. Lawrence
  • AKA: David Lawrence 

G'day folks,

Welcome to the life and times of D. H. Lawrence. David Herbert Lawrence was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter who published as D. H. Lawrence. Born in England on September 11, 1885, D.H. Lawrence is regarded as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Lawrence published many novels and poetry volumes during his lifetime, including Sons and Lovers and Women in Love, but is best known for his infamous novel Lady Chatterley's Lover. The graphic and highly sexual novel was published in Italy in 1928, but was banned in the United States until 1959. 

David Herbert Lawrence was a poet, short story writer and novelist, born in Nottingham in 1885. He was best known for being a novelist. Lawrence published his initial works in 1909, which included a collection of poems, many of them were representations of nature and have since then become immensely famous and widely read, and have also influenced a lot of the contemporary poets. His primary collections have a lot of inspiration drawn from the Imagist and the Ezra Pound movement, which later reached its maximum in the 20th century. Even though Pound endeavoured to make Lawrence a part of his writer-followers, Lawrence on the other hand wanted to seek a more autonomous path. 

Lawrence wrote poetry that had profound and elusive themes, and were also very true to the forces, which inspired it. The most renowned of his works deal with the physical and inner life of living things such as animals and plants. Some of them have a bitter and satirical tone, which show his fury at the pretence and Puritanism of the typical Anglo-Saxon society. He was also a rebellious writer, harbouring radical perceptions, who considered sex to be the most rudimentary subconscious and also regarded nature to cure the evils of the advanced industrialized society. 

His work was extremely creative, although the quality would be a little irregular and he was also very controversial, continuously engaged in censorship cases, which received a great amount of publicity, particularly for his novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, which was published in 1928. He has a vast collection of poetry to his credit, which includes the likes of Look! We Have Come Through which was published in 1917, and also poems about his wife – Birds, Beasts and Flowers published in 1923 and Pansies in 1929, which was banned at the time of publication in England. 

Other than his perpetual trouble with the censors, Lawrence was maltreated even during the time of World War 1 due to the supposed pro-German sympathies of his wife, Frieda. Consequently, he left England and then traveled relentlessly across Germany, Italy, Australia, Ceylon, Tahiti, New Zealand, Mexico, The French Riviera and the United States, fruitlessly in the search of a new homeland. While he was in Taos, New Mexico, he became the fascination of a group of females, who began to consider themselves as his disciples and vied to get his attention, which became a major literary legend. Lawrence suffered from tuberculosis all his life and finally succumbed to the disease at the age of 44 in France.

Clancy's comment:  I did read 'Sons and Lovers' at school, but the priests and brothers wouldn't allow us to read 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'. I wonder why?

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