D. H. Lawrence Additional Biography

Biography

(Critical Guide to Censorship and Literature)

Lawrence’s battle with what he called “the censor- morons” began in 1915 with his publication of the novel The Rainbow. Amid a storm of accusations of indecency from critics, police seized more than a thousand copies from the publisher and the printer. When the case came to court in London, the prosecuting attorney, representing the police, called the book “a mass of obscenity of thought, idea, and action throughout.” The magistrate, Sir John Dickinson, ordered the novel destroyed. Lawrence was not alone in his belief that the real reason for this attack was that Britain was at war: His book denounced war, and the British government feared that it would hamper recruitment. Philip Morrell raised questions in...

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Biography

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

David Herbert Lawrence’s life went through four distinct stages. The first may be indicated as the Nottingham or Eastwood years, the formative years before March, 1912. Lawrence’s father, Arthur, was a miner and his mother, a teacher. Married beneath her status, Lydia Beardsall Lawrence detested the commonness of her husband and vowed that her sons would never work the pits. She therefore doggedly saw Lawrence through a teacher-training program at Nottingham University College. The class struggle at home mirrored the larger class struggle, of which Lawrence was acutely aware.

Within the grim industrial village life there remained a lyrical beauty in intimate relations. In Eastwood, Lawrence was romantically involved...

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Biography

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

David Herbert Lawrence was born on September 11, 1885, in the Midlands coal-mining village of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. The noise and grime of the pits dominated Eastwood, but the proximity of fabled Sherwood Forest was a living reminder of what Lawrence would later call “the old England of the forest and agricultural past” on which industrialization had been so rudely imposed. The contrast was to remain an essential element in his makeup. Allied to it was the equally sharp contrast between his parents. Arthur John Lawrence, the father, had worked in the coal pits from the age of seven. Coarse, semiliterate, intensely physical, a hail-fellow popular with his collier mates, he was prone to drink and to near poverty. Lydia...

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Biography

(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

David Herbert Lawrence was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England, on September 11, 1885. His mother, Lydia Beardsall, had come from a fiercely religious middle-class family reduced in circumstances since the depression of 1837. Lydia, “a superior soul,” as her third son called her, had been a schoolteacher, sensitive and musical, six years younger than her husband, to whom she was distantly related by marriage. His family had also lost money and position, and Arthur Lawrence, the proud possessor of a fine physique and a musical soul, had gone down into the mines as a child to work. Lydia’s disillusion with her marriage, her husband’s alcoholic degeneration, and the continual marital strife that haunted her son’s...

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Biography

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

David Herbert Lawrence was born in Eastwood, a coal mining town in Nottinghamshire, England, on September 11, 1885. His father, Arthur John Lawrence, was a gregarious, hard-drinking collier whose marriage to Lydia Beardsall, formerly a schoolteacher of genteel refinements, was a continuous struggle for mastery. D. H. Lawrence was the third son born into this household, along with two sisters. A gentle, studious, sissified boy, Lawrence was sometimes scorned by the more robust colliers’ sons of the town; shunning their athletic games, he enjoyed instead the company of his sisters or of their young female friends, whom he charmed with his skill at charades and games of mimicry. Above all, he enjoyed excursions in the Derbyshire...

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Biography

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

In “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” D.H. Lawrence makes clear his belief that the only “luck” that a person ever achieves in life is the good fortune—or capability—to love. Yet not all forms of love are life enhancing. As a moralist, Lawrence urges his readers to discriminate between incomplete, self-involved, or perverse love and love represented by phallic tenderness. In Lady Chatterley’s Lover, particularly, he shows how good sex (which is natural, spontaneous, springing from tender feelings toward one’s partner) renews life, whereas, bad sex (which is cerebral, mechanical, springing from self-involvement and the urge to dominate another human being) results in emotional sterility.

In his essay “Why the Novel Matters,” Lawrence wrote that “the novel is the book of life.” By that he did not mean simply that the novel provides a reader with vicarious experiences that resemble life. Instead, he meant that the novel actually gives the reader life, because the novelist transmits part of his life force to the reader. As a novelist and as a writer of different genres, Lawrence is generous in providing not only the simulation of life but also life itself.

Biography

(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

David Herbert Lawrence was the most versatile—and arguably the most gifted—English author of the twentieth century. He was born on September 11, 1885, in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, in the industrial British Midlands, the son of an illiterate collier who drank too much and a puritanical mother who was desperate to have her sons rise above the working-class milieu of the small mining village. At age twelve Lawrence won a scholarship to attend Nottingham High School. Following three unhappy years of teaching elementary school during his late teens, he began two years of study at University College, Nottingham, where he started writing poems and bits of his first novel, The White Peacock. Bored with college, he left at age...

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Biography

(Novels for Students)

David Herbert Richard (D. H.) Lawrence was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England, on September 11, 1885, the son of coal miner Arthur...

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Biography

(Short Stories for Students)

David Herbert Lawrence was born September 11, 1885. His father was Arthur John Lawrence, an illiterate coal miner in the Nottinghamshire area...

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Biography

(Short Stories for Students)

The fourth child of Arthur John Lawrence, an illiterate coal miner, and Lydia Beardsall Lawrence, a former school teacher, David Herbert...

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Biography

(Novels for Students)

David Herbert Lawrence was born on September 11, 1885, in the mining town of Eastwood in the English Midlands. His parents were John Arthur...

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