Lady Chatterley's Lover: Wordsworth Classics

Autor D. H. Lawrence David Ellis
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en Limba Engleză Paperback – aug 2005

Notes and Introduction by David Ellis, University of Kent at Canterbury.

With its four-letter words and its explicit descriptions of sexual intercourse, Lady Chatterley's Lover is the novel with which D.H. Lawrence is most often associated. First published privately in Florence in 1928, it only became a world-wide best-seller after Penguin Books had successfully resisted an attempt by the British Director of Public Prosecutions to prevent them offering an unexpurgated edition. The famous 'Lady Chatterley trial' heralded the sexual revolution of the coming decades and signalled the defeat of Establishment prudery.

Yet Lawrence himself was hardly a liberationist and the conservativism of many aspects of his novel would later lay it open to attacks from the political avant-garde and from feminists. The story of how the wife of Sir Clifford Chatterley responds when her husband returns from the war paralysed from the waist down, and of the tender love which then develops between her and her husband's gamekeeper, is a complex one open to a variety of conflicting interpretations.

This edition of the novel offers an occasion for a new generation of readers to discover what all the fuss was about; to appraise Lawrence's bitter indictment of modern industrial society, and to ask themselves what lessons there might be for the 21st century in his intense exploration of the complicated relations between love and sex.

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ISBN-13: 9781840224887
ISBN-10: 1840224886
Pagini: 276
Dimensiuni: 124 x 196 x 13 mm
Greutate: 0.2 kg
Editura: Wordsworth Classics
Seria Wordsworth Classics

Locul publicării:United Kingdom

Notă biografică

D H Lawrence (Author)
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), novelist, poet and travel writer, was born in Nottinghamshire, the son of a miner. He won a scholarship to study at Nottingham High School and later attended University College, Nottingham. He then worked as a schoolteacher, moving to London in 1908. His first novel, The White Peacock, was published in 1910; Sons and Lovers, the first of his masterpieces, inspired by his own youth and relationship with his mother, followed in 1913. By this time he had eloped to the continent with Frieda Weekley (née Von Richthofen), a German aristocrat, with whom for 18 years he enjoyed a famously tempestuous partnership. They lived in Germany and later Italy, returning to Britain just before the outbreak of World War I, when, Frieda having obtained a divorce, they were able to marry. The difficult war years were spent in Cornwall where the locals suspected them of spying. Two further masterpieces, The Rainbow (1915) and Women in Love (1920) were published and, for a period, banned. Both featured strong female protagonists, and dealt frankly with sexual relationships. Lawrence and Frieda lived abroad again in 1920s, travelling not only in Europe, but Australia, Ceylon, the United States and Mexico. By 1928 they had settled in Italy, near Florence where Lady Chatterley's Lover was finished and privately printed. Lawrence's TB had been diagnosed while he was in Mexico. When it became clear that he was dying Frieda took him to Germany and France in search of a cure. He died at Vence, in the south of France, in 1930.

John Sutherland (Introducer)
John Sutherland is Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus of Modern English Literature at University College London and previously taught at the California Institute of Technology. He writes regularly for the Guardian, The Times and the New York Times, and is the author of many books including Curiosities of Literature, Is Henry V a War Criminal? (with Cedric Watts), biographies of Walter Scott, Stephen Spender and the Victorian elephant Jumbo, and The Boy Who Loved Books, a memoir.


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Designed to appeal to the book lover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautifully bound pocket-sized gift editions of much loved classic titles. Bound in real cloth, printed on high quality paper, and featuring ribbon markers and gilt edges, Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

Connie's unhappy marriage to Clifford Chatterley is one scarred by mutual frustration and alienation. Crippled from wartime action, Clifford is confined to a wheelchair, while Connie's solitary, sterile existence is contained within the narrow parameters of the Chatterley ancestral home, Wragby. She seizes her chance at happiness and freedom when she embarks on a passionate affair with the estate's gamekeeper, Mellors, discovering a world of sexual opportunity and pleasure she'd thought lost to her.

The explosive passion of Connie and Mellors' relationship - and the searing candour with which it is described - marked a watershed in twentieth century fiction, garnering Lady Chatterley's Lover a wide and enduring readership and lasting notoriety.

The text is taken from the privately published Author's Unabridged Popular Edition of 1930, the last to be supervised in Lawrence's lifetime. It also includes his witty essay, My Skirmish with Jolly Roger, describing the pirating of this infamous novel.

This Macmillan Collector's Library edition features an afterword by Anna South.


"No one ever wrote better about the power struggles of sex and love" -- Doris Lessing "A masterpiece" Guardian "Does for D H Lawrence what Jack the Ripper did for Gladstone bags and stovepipe hats" -- Neil Gaiman "He was a big influence on me - I loved the seriousness and intensity he brought to his studies of human relationships, and the boldness with which he pushed the boundaries of what could be said and thought and written about in the novel" -- Andrew Davies