David Herbert Richards Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter who published as D. H. Lawrence. His collected works, among other things, represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation. In them, some of the issues Lawrence explores are emotional health, vitality, spontaneity and instinct.
Lawrence’s idealistic theories about sexual relations, interest in mysticism and primitive religions, resulted in some of the most famous of the 20th Century’s censorship cases. The explicit sexual content of Lady Chatterley’s Lover became infamous in the late fifties / early sixties and led to this famous book being banned for many years.
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At the time of his death, Lawrence’s public reputation was that of a pornographer who had wasted his considerable talents.
M. Forster, in an obituary notice, challenged this widely held view, describing him as, “The greatest imaginative novelist of our generation”.