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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 11 September 1885Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England, UK
Date of Death 2 March 1930Vence, France  (tuberculosis)
Birth NameDavid Herbert Richards Lawrence
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

David Herbert Lawrence was born in Nottinghamshire, England, 11 September 1885. His father was a coal miner, his mother a genteel woman who sought education and refinement for her son. Lawrence earned a university degree and taught school for a short time. While still a student he began to publish his poems and short stories. He fell in love with the wife of a professor, Frieda von Richthofen Weekley. She eloped with Lawrence, abandoning her husband and three small children. Lawrence's pet themes of myth, freedom, redemption, the difficulty and necessity of emotional, erotic expression and the inevitable torments of family relationships occupied him throughout his life. Eventually, there would be accusations of obscenity, his novel "Lady Chatterley's Lover" being the most prominent example.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Eileen Berdon <eberdon@aol.com>

Spouse (1)

Frieda von Richthofen (13 July 1914 - 2 March 1930) (his death)

Trivia (4)

In 1960 Penguin Books published the first unexpurgated version of Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover" in England. They were charged with obscenity, and found not guilty. The book has since been filmed many times.
During the obscenity trial the out-of-touch prosecutor asked the jury: "Is it a book you would wish your wife or servants to read?". One of the many reasons the case of Regina v. Penguin Books Ltd was lost
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 131, pages 237-254. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
A rejection slip from a publisher warned Lawrence, "For your own good, do NOT publish this book!"

Personal Quotes (3)

How beautiful maleness is, if it finds the right expression.
The cruelest thing a man can do to a woman is portray her as perfection.
The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.

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