Lady Chatterley's Lover (Paperback)

Lady Chatterley's Lover (Paperback)

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Enshrined in film and TV adaptations, and prominently featured on Mad Men in an episode centered on its scandalous mid-century publication, Lady Chatterley's Lover tells of an affair between an upper class woman and her husband’s gamekeeper. Written in 1928, the novel was thought to be so shocking in its content and its straightforward use of explicit sexual terms that it was not officially published until 1960. Its 1961 second edition contained this dedication from the publisher: "For having published this book, Penguin Books were prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act, 1959 at the Old Bailey in London from 20 October to 2 November 1960. This edition is therefore dedicated to the twelve jurors, three women and nine men, who returned a verdict of 'Not Guilty' and thus made D. H. Lawrence's last novel available for the first time to the public in the United Kingdom."

Now firmly established as a classic of English literature that was written well before its time, what saved it from being banned for ever was its literary merit, upheld by some of the most distinguished writers and critics of the time. Lawrence’s prescient musings on the changes in society and his authentic depiction of two unhappily married people, finding in this most unlikely and potentially doomed coupling the physical and emotional balance that they both crave, are as relevant today as they were then. 

About the Author

The son of a miner, the prolific novelist, poet, and travel writer David Herbert Lawrence was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, in 1885. He attended Nottingham University and found employment as a schoolteacher. His first novel, The White Peacock, was published in 1911, the same year his beloved mother died and he quit teaching after contracting pneumonia. The next year Lawrence published Sons and Lovers and ran off to Germany with Frieda Weekley, his former tutor’s wife. His masterpieces The Rainbow and Women in Love were completed in quick succession, but the first was suppressed as indecent and the second was not published until 1920. Lawrence’s lyrical writings challenged convention, promoting a return to an ideal of nature where sex is seen as a sacrament. In 1928 Lawrence’s final novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, was banned in England and the United States for indecency. He died of tuberculosis in 1930 in Venice.
  • Publisher : Signet (October 4, 2011)
  • Language : English
  • Mass Market Paperback : 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0451531957
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0451531957
  • Lexile measure : 750L
  • Item Weight : 7.6 ounces
  • Dimensions : 4.1 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches

All copies are new.