Tuesday, 2 March 2010
On this day...
British author D.H. Lawrence died in 1930. Described by E.M. Forster as, 'the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation', Lawrence was born into a coal mining community and working class background, an upbringing which provided material for some of his early works. Having completed both education and a teaching certificate, in was in 1907 that Lawrence first gained real recognition for his literary exploits, winning a short story competition in the 'Nottingham Guardian'.
He continued to teach, moving from his childhood home to Croydon, and there came to the attention of the publisher of the influential 'The English Review', a contact which he utilised, after bouts of pneumonia left him a full-time author. Three years later, Lawrence's wife, of German parentage, meant that the pair were viewed with suspicion during the First World War, and they left the country to begin a 'savavge pilgrimage', only returning twice. Therefore, it was abroad that Lawrence wrote most of his famous works, including the highly controversial, 'Lady Chattereley's Lover', which underwent an obscenity trial, and 'Women in Love'. Having travelled to Australia, Sri Lanka and the U.S.A., it was in France that Lawrence died, 80 years age today.