Lady Chatterly's Lover

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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...

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Overview

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.

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What People Are Saying

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617209536
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications
  • Publication date: 3/18/2014
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 198,788
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

D. H. Lawrence
Pensive and insightful, D. H. Lawrence brought to his work a frankness that had been missing from early 20th-century fiction. Though novels such as Lady Chatterly's Lover, Sons and Lovers, and others incited controversy and censorship for their sexual content, Lawrence was not being prurient; he was simply trying to describe the world around him, in both his fiction and his many letters and essays.

Biography

Born in Nottinghamshire, England, D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) was the author of a remarkable array of novels, stories, poetry, literary criticism, and travel writing, including the novels Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow, and Lady Chatterley's Lover.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      David Herbert Richard Lawrence. Called "Bert" by his family. Jessie Chambers and Lawrence H. Davison are pseudonyms.
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 11, 1885
    2. Place of Birth:
      Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England
    1. Date of Death:
      March 2, 1930
    2. Place of Death:
      Vence, France

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Wonderful

    I loved it. Couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Excellent read.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    Not just a sex scandal

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Classic love story of the forbidden fruit.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    Recommended

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Uhh.... i am a girl and i am not giving a irl bio. But i like cats,anime,and pokemon. I also like to rp and talk.

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    Posted July 28, 2013

    Lady Chitterly lover

    This is by far the best book i have ever read. Every english class should read this book

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