Thursday, September 11, 2008

David Herbert Lawrence (DH for Short, Ladies)

I have quite the affection for D.H. Lawrence, who was born of a coal miner like myself, and his writing. He always seems to be able to explain the relationships between people, and describes the nearness and distance between them, their environment, their silence, in simple but enlightened prose. The Rainbow, Women in Love, and Sons and Lovers are all amazing. I read the last two pages of The Rainbow over and over in disbelief of his genius. He's right up there with Henry Miller for me. This tidbit is from Writer's Almanac:

It's the birthday of David Herbert Lawrence, D.H. Lawrence, (books by this author) born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England (1885), the son of a coal miner, who began writing poetry when he was 19. His first novel was The Trespasser, published in 1912, the same year he fell in love with Frieda von Richthofen Weekley, a married woman and the sister of Baron von Richthofen, the German flying ace. A month after they met, they moved to Italy together, where he completed Sons and Lovers(1913) and wrote The Rainbow (1915), which was denounced. More than a thousand copies were seized by Scotland Yard, which caused Lawrence to delay the publication of his next novel, Women in Love, for four years. His novel Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928) was first published privately. Lady Chatterley was not published in unexpurgated form in the United States or England until 30 years later. In the 1920s, he and Frieda moved to New Mexico.

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