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Lady Chatterly's Lover
     

Lady Chatterly's Lover

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by D. H. Lawrence
 

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Constance, the young Lady Chatterly, is married to a handsome, well-built man. Clifford, her husband, was wounded in the war, and is paralyzed from the waist down. His physical limitations lead him to emotionally neglect Constance, and for comfort, she turns to the gamekeeper, Oliver. In his arms, she finds the passion she needs, even as she struggles with the

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Constance, the young Lady Chatterly, is married to a handsome, well-built man. Clifford, her husband, was wounded in the war, and is paralyzed from the waist down. His physical limitations lead him to emotionally neglect Constance, and for comfort, she turns to the gamekeeper, Oliver. In his arms, she finds the passion she needs, even as she struggles with the class differences between the intellectuals and the working class. She realizes that she cannot with the mind alone, but that she also needs her body to be alive.

Told in a blunt style, with explicit descriptions of sex, Lady Chatterly's Lover used language largely unseen in print at that time, which resulted in its banning and the author's censorship. Indeed, the book is perhaps most famous for its publication history. First published in 1928, it was printed privately in Italy. It was immediately banned in both the author's home of England and in the USA. Expurgated, abridged editions were published in the 1930s in the English-speaking world. In 1960, the case R v Penguin Books Ltd prosecuted Penguin Books for publishing the novel under the Obscene Publications Act. The jury found for the defendant, usher in the liberalization of British publishing.

In the USA, the book was part of a three-book test case (along with Tropic of Cancer and Fanny Hill), to overturn the ban on obscene imported books first enacted in the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930. The US Court of Appeals found in favor of the books in 1959, overturning the ban on the grounds that the books had "redeeming social or literary value."

Thus, the original, unexpurgated edition (presented here) finally appeared in English for the first time more than thirty years after it was written.

About the author:

David Herbert Lawrence (1885-1930) was a prolific writer working in a wide range of styles and forms. A major theme in his work is discussion of the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization, confronting issues relating to emotional health and vitality, spontaneity, sexuality, and instinctive behavior. By the time of his death from tuberculosis, he was considered a pornographer who had wasted his talents. Some however, challenged that view. E.M. Forster, writing an obituary of Lawrence, described him as "the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation." Later, critics championed his reputation, noting his artistic integrity and moral seriousness, and assigning his fiction to the "great tradition" of the English novel. He is now considered a visionary thinker and a significant representative of modernism in English literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617209536
Publisher:
Wilder Publications
Publication date:
03/18/2014
Pages:
302
Sales rank:
201,067
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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Alfred Breit
Lawrence was concerned with one end: to reveal how love, how a relationship between a man and a woman can be most touching and beautiful, but only if it is unihibited and total.

Meet the Author

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 11, 1885
Date of Death:
March 2, 1930
Place of Birth:
Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England
Place of Death:
Vence, France
Education:
Nottingham University College, teacher training certificate, 1908

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Lady Chatterly's Lover 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classic D.H. Lawrence. Lady Chatterly finds herself married to a soldier. When he returns from the war, he is paralized from the waist down. Her free spirit allows her to seek love and sex elsewhere until she winds up pregnant and will have to make a life changing decision. The book is a little slow to start, but leaves the reader wanting more at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie doesn't do this book justice. D. H. Lawrence had so much more to say about the complex relationships between men and women. As a female reader I appreciated the author's development of Lady Chatterly's sexual and emotional enlightenment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. Couldn't put it down.
mmaann More than 1 year ago
LCL has an amazing amount of economic discussion involving the transition of the coal mining industry to a more modern phase causing unemployment in England similar to current economic developments concerning our transition to less labor intensive industries. All of Lawrence's books have that tightly examined personal perspective that makes him the admired writer he is.
AR1 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed L. C's Lover as much as I did in the 1960's at which time it was banned by the Catholic Church and if my memory serves me correctly it was pulled from store book shelves at that time.
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This is by far the best book i have ever read. Every english class should read this book
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