FEATURE: AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: D.H. LAWRENCE

This month, due to an influx of stunning rare editions of D.H. Lawrence classics arriving to our store, we wanted to highlight this well-known and still controversial author with our new feature:  ‘Cocktail Conversation:  Ten Facts About D.H. Lawrence.’

His wife, Frieda, left her husband (Lawrence’s former Modern Language professor) and three children for Lawrence.

  1. His wife, Frieda, left her husband (Lawrence’s former Modern Language professor) and three children for Lawrence.
  2. One of his best friends?  Aldous Huxley.
  3. Lawrence’s ashes are interred in Taos, New Mexico.
  4. D.H. Lawrence and his wife were ‘given’ a ranch in New Mexico in exchange for a handwritten copy of Sons & Lovers.
  5. Best known for his novels, Lawrence wrote more than 800 poems.
  6. Lawrence is often credited with restoring Herman Melville’s standing in American letters with his work of literary criticism ‘Studies in Classical American Literature’ in 1923.
  7. The 2nd edition of Penguin’s uncensored version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover is dedicated to the 12 jurors who returned a verdict of ‘Not Guilty’ in the R. v Penguin case in 1960.
  8. In that case, the defense called 35 witnesses to attest to the book’s literary merit.  The prosecution called none.
  9. Lawrence had a lifelong interest in painting and was exhibited at the Warren Gallery in Mayfair in 1929.  After a complaint about the indecency of the art, Scotland Yard seized 13 of the 25 paintings.  He was able to get them back after he promised never to exhibit in England again.  Most of the paintings today are in New Mexico and Austin, Texas.
  10.  D stands for David and H stands for Herbert.

*Lady Chatterley's Lover is available for purchase here.