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D.H. Lawrence

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David Herbert (D. H.) Lawrence, whose fiction has had a profound influence on twentieth-century literature, was born on September 11, 1885, in a mining village in Nottinghamshire, England. His father was an illiterate coal miner, his mother a genteel schoolteacher determined to lift her children out of the working class. His parents' unhappy marriage and his mother's strong emotional claims on her son later became the basis for Lawrence's Sons and Lovers (1913), one of the most important autobiographical novels of this century.

In 1915, his masterpiece, The Rainbow, which like it's companion novel Women In Love (1920) dealt frankly with sex, was suppressed as indecent a month after its publication. Aaron's Road (1922); Kangaroo (1923), set in Australia; and The Plumed Serpent (1926), set in Mexico, were all written during Lawrence's travels in search of political and emotional refuge and healthful climate. In 1928, already desperately ill, Lawrence wrote Lady Chatterly's Lover. Banned as pornographic, the unexpurgated edition was not allowed legal circulation in Britain until 1960. D. H. Lawrence called his life, marked by struggle, frustration, and despair "a savage enough pilgrimage." He died on March 2, 1930, at the age of forty-four, in Vence, France.

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Lady Chatterley's Lover

Written by D.H. Lawrence
Introduction by Kathryn Harrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $12.00

Inspired by the long-standing affair between Frieda, Lawrence’s German wife, and an Italian peasant who eventually became her third husband, Lady Chatterley’s Lover is the story of Constance Chatterley, who, while trapped in an unhappy marriage to an aristocratic mine owner whose war wounds have left him paralyzed and impotent, has... Read more >
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Lady Chatterley's Lover

Written by D.H. Lawrence


Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: November 1, 1983
Price: $5.99

Lyric and sensual, D.H. Lawrence's last novel is one of the major works of fiction of the twentieth century. Filled with scenes of intimate beauty, explores the emotions of a lonely woman trapped in a sterile marriage and her growing love for the robust gamekeeper of her husband's estate. The most... Read more >
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Lady Chatterley's Lover

Written by D.H. Lawrence


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 30, 2007
Price: $1.99

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Lady Chatterley's Lover

Written by D.H. Lawrence


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 31, 2000
Price: $2.99

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The Lost Girl
A Novel
Written by D.H. Lawrence
Introduction by Lee Siegel


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 21, 2003
Price: $13.95

The Lost Girl, D. H. Lawrence’s forgotten novel, is a passionate tale of longing and sexual defiance, of devastation and destitution.

Alvina Houghton, the daughter of a widowed Midlands draper, comes of age just as her father’s business is failing. In a desperate attempt to regain his fortune and secure his daughter’s... Read more >
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The Lost Girl
A Novel
Written by D.H. Lawrence
Introduction by Lee Siegel


Format: eBook, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $2.99

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The Plumed Serpent

Written by D.H. Lawrence


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 1992
Price: $18.00

Written during the most flourishing period of Lawrence's career, The Plumed Serpent is a novel of ritual and romance set in Mexico during the 1920s. It is a story, both beautiful and strange, about Kate Leslie, an Irishwoman repelled and fascinated by the spell of Mexico, homesick and yet unable to... Read more >

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The Rainbow

Written by D.H. Lawrence
Introduction by Keith Cushman


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 12, 2002
Price: $11.00

Pronounced obscene when it was first published in 1915, The Rainbow is the epic story of three generations of the Brangwens, a Midlands family. A visionary novel, considered to be one of Lawrence’s finest, it explores the complex sexual and psychological relationships between men and women in an increasingly industrialized world... Read more >

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Sons and Lovers

Written by D.H. Lawrence
Introduction by Geoff Dyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 17, 1999
Price: $11.95

With a new Introduction by Geoff Dyer
Commentary by Anthony Burgess, Jessie Chambers,
Frieda Lawrence, V.S. Pritchett, Kate Millett, and Alfred Kazin

Of all Lawrence's work, Sons and Lovers tells us most about the emo-
tional source of his ideas," observed Diana Trilling. "The famous Lawrence theme of the struggle for sexual power--and he... Read more >
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Sons and Lovers

Written by D.H. Lawrence


Format: Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 1, 1985
Price: $5.95

Lawrence's first major novel was also the first in the English language to explore ordinary working-class life from the inside. No writer before or since has written so well about the intimacies enforced by a tightly knit mining community and by a family where feelings are never hidden for long. When... Read more >
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Sons and Lovers

Written by D.H. Lawrence


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 30, 2007
Price: $1.99

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Sons and Lovers
(A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by D.H. Lawrence


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $2.99

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St. Mawr & The Man Who Died

Written by D.H. Lawrence


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1959
Price: $10.00

These two brilliant novels are deservedly among Lawrence's most popular works. Both are at the same time exciting narratives and striking expressions of Lawrence's philosophy. St. Mawr is the story of a splendid stallion in whose vitality the heroine finds the quality that is lacking in the men she knows. It... Read more >

The Virgin and the Gipsy

Written by D.H. Lawrence


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 21, 2011
Price: $9.99

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The Virgin and the Gipsy

Written by D.H. Lawrence


Format: Trade Paperback, 162 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 1992
Price: $13.00

Set in a small village in the English countryside, this is the story of a secluded, sensitive rector's daughter who yearns for meaning beyond the life, which she seems doomed. The Virgin and the Gypsy was discovered in France after Lawrence's death in 1930. Immediately recognized as a masterpiece in which... Read more >
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Women in Love

Written by D.H. Lawrence
Foreword by D.H. Lawrence
Introduction by Joyce Carol Oates


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 4, 2000
Price: $10.95

It is . . . the world of the poets and the preponderance of the poet in [Lawrence] that is the key to his work. He magnified and deepened experience in the manner of a poet," wrote Anaïs Nin in 1934.
        Privately printed in 1920 and published commercially in 1921, Women in... Read more >
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Women in Love

Written by D.H. Lawrence


Format: Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1996
Price: $5.95

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Women in Love

Written by D.H. Lawrence


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 25, 2007
Price: $1.99

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Women in Love
(A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by D.H. Lawrence


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $2.99

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