Monday, December 9, 2013

10 Things You Didn't Know About D.H. Lawrence

If you hear the name D.H. Lawrence, you probably think of Sons and Lovers, Lady Chatterley's Lover, and censorship. Here are 10 other facts about him you might not know.

  • He was arrested in Germany and accused of being a British spy.
  • He allowed his mentor Edward Garnett to cut about a hundred pages from Sons and Lovers before it was published.
  • The first manuscript of Women in Love was rejected by every publisher who saw it. Only after a major revision and much time would it be accepted. 

  • When times were tough, he wrote a schools' history book for money. 
  • The final version of Lady Chatterley's Lover was written in just five weeks and was considered the last great creative burst of energy in his life. 
  • He distrusted any place where he had been seriously ill.
  • His wife left her previous husband and three young children to be with Lawrence. 

  • He died in 1930 at the age of 44.
  • Fame came after his death. In the 60's he was regarded as a great literary writer, though his reputation declined in the 90's and he was branded a sexist and a fascist. 
  • As a child he was frail and bullied in the mining town of Eastwood, near Nottingham.
For more on D.H. Lawrence, visit the University of Nottingham's page here or his Wikipedia page here.

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