Lady Chatterley's Lover :  A Propos of "Lady Chatterley's Lover"

Lady Chatterley's Lover : A Propos of "Lady Chatterley's Lover"

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Banned and vindicated, condemned and lauded, Lady Chatterley's Lover is D.H. Lawrence's seminal novel of illicit passion and forbidden desire. This Penguin Classics edition is edited with notes by Michael Squires and an introduction by Doris Lessing.

Lady Constance Chatterley feels trapped in her sexless marriage to the Sir Clifford. Paralysed in the First World War, Sir Clifford is unable to fulfil his wife emotionally or physically, and encourages her instead to have a liaison with a man of their own class. But Connie is attracted instead to Oliver Mellors, her husband's gamekeeper, with whom she embarks on a passionate affair that brings new life to her stifled existence. Can she find true love with Mellors, despite the vast gulf between their positions in society? One of the most controversial novels in English literature, Lady Chatterley's Lover is an erotically charged and psychologically powerful depiction of adult relationships.

In her introduction Doris Lessing discusses the influence of Lawrence's sexual politics, his relationship with his wife Frieda and his attitude towards the First World War. Using the complete and restored text of the Cambridge edition, this volume includes a new chronology and further reading by Paul Poplawski and notes by Michael Squires.

D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930), novelist, storywriter, critic, poet and painter, was one of the greatest figures in 20th-century English literature. Lawrence published Sons and Lovers in 1913, but The Rainbow , completed in 1915, was declared obscene and banned two months after first publication; and for three years he could not find a publisher for Women in Love , which he completed in 1917. His last novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover , was published in 1928, but banned in England and America.

If you enjoyed Lady Chatterley's Lover , you might like Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary , also available in Penguin Classics.

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Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2006, c1993
ISBN: 9780141441498
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: xxxv, 363 p. : map ; 20 cm


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Oct 23, 2015

This novel is as much a treatise on Lawrence's political views as a story on liberated sexuality in the early twentieth century. For more realistic, life-like characters, read The Second Lady Chatterley's Lover, the previous version of the same novel. In that one, there are almost no political discussions, the gamekeeper is really working class and the romantic story speaks for itself. However, in the third version, Connie takes a much more determined stand for her liberation.

theorbys Jun 09, 2014

For me it got off to a rather slow and tell not show start, and the characters are not too real in one sense (everyday life), but are primordially real in another, which is a perfectly acceptable thing to do in a novel that is not meant to be entertainment. DHL creates a powerful visionary, and dysvisionary, story based on an equally powerful poetics, and it is more than enough to make the novel a durable masterpiece.

Mar 20, 2014

Scandalous in it's day until the 1950's, this book is relatively tame by modern standards. The author's narrative is fine however the characters are one dimensional and the conclusions debatable. Not likely this book would be considered a classic except for the notoriety. Worth reading if you're interested but there are more worthy classics to try first.

booklady1 Aug 12, 2012

I can't say anything good about this book. how can a wife left a husband that can't walk? I know he is mean sometime but he never hit her or did anything bad to her he love her in is own way he couldn't have sex with her so she had sex with other man. you took vows for better or worse shame on her. I mean he told her that she could have a baby by another man if she wanted to because he is paralyzed from the waist down but no she wanted to fine another man to move on with. what a bitch. it was sad.

Feb 22, 2012

Required reading for wives and servants. LCL caused a scandal when it first came out, and a bigger scandal when it was re-issued in the 1950s, and many fine people defended it against pornography charges. Of course, it is pornography, in the sense that it is "completely concerned with sex." Yes, there are characters, but they are two-dimensional. (In case you didn't get the message that Chatterley is a baddie, and worse, "not a real man", he is the lord of the manor AND a ruthless mine owner, AND a successful author, but oh! such a cold and cynical one. How unlike a working-class hero with the initials DHL.) Still, Lawrence is an artist and no fool, and he writes about sexuality in a way that was never before attempted. Some of his conclusions are iffy (be satisfied with vaginal intercourse, ladies, or you're not a real woman -- or a lesbian.)

Jul 11, 2011

Good, if you can handle the awkwardness of the subject matter inside.

dragonsnakes Mar 07, 2011

One of the famous literature classics which was considered to have too much "sex" due to the nature of the story.

teacupfaerie Mar 03, 2011

A liaison with a gardener no less!

Dec 22, 2010

While not scandalous by current standards it is certainly a fabulous use of prose.

Dec 13, 2010

This story was timeless in the paralells with our current crisis of heart vs. business...

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