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  • D. H. Lawrence An intense life 1885-1930
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  • The young Lawrence David Herbert Lawrence was born in 1885 in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. He was the fourth of five children of a miner and an educated mother.
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  • Education Educated in local schools and then attended Nottingham University College where he trained as a teacher. Taught school in Croydon from 1908. His first novel, The White Peacock, was published in 1911,shortly after th death of his mother to whom hed been very close.
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  • Other works More novels soon followed The Trespasser 1912 The Rainbow 1920 The Lost Girl 1920 The Boy in the Bush 1922 The Captains Doll 1923 The Virgin and the Gypsy 1930
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  • Poems Mostly imagistic and in free verse about the individual inner nature of plants and animals. Fish Snake Mountain Lion Bavarian Gentians Look! We Have Come Through (1917)
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  • Short Stories The Prussian Officer The Woman Who Rode Away The Fox The Rocking-Horse Winner The Man Who Loved Islands The Odour of Chrysanthemums
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  • Major Novels Women in Love Sons and Lovers Lady Chatterleys Lover Kangaroo The Plumed Serpent
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  • Criticism and Essays Topics included Travel writing American literature Psychoanalysis The Unconscious History and democracy
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  • Personal Life In 1912 Lawrence met and ran off with Frieda von Richthofen Weekley, the German wife of a Nottingham professor. Frieda had three children, yet left them and her husband to elope with Lawrence.
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  • A passionate relationship The Lawrences returned to England in 1914 They traveled with a very literary set including Huxley, Katherine Mansfield and her husband, and the Bloomsbury folks
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  • Struggles Anti-German feeling during the war Censorship Ill healthtuberculosis The search for a right place Travel included Sicily, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Mexico and Mexico, New Zealand, Tahiti,Italy,Australia, and France
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  • An Artists Colony in Taos
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  • Themes and Philosophy Deeply interested in Freudian and Jungian psychology, Lawrence is also influenced by primitive religions and nature mysticism. Sex and sexual freedom as the cure for what ails modern civilization. Nietzschean idea of the superman and rebellion.
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  • Critical opinions of Lawrence Tends to go in and out of fashion Enjoys a great revival in the 1960s and 1970s Is hard to categorize because of the volume and variety Varies in quality with stories most highly praised Suffers criticism from didactic slant
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  • Last years Becomes an almost guru to a group of women who call him Lorenzo and vie for his attention Tuberculosis worsens, sending he and Frieda in search of easier climates Dies in Vence in the South of France in 1930 at age 44.
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  • Lawrences Legacy A marvellous writer. He forged his own language.' Claire Tomalin, `Lawrence urged men and women to live, to honour the quick of themselves, to glory in the exhilarating terror of this brief life.' Frederic Raphael, Sunday Times
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  • Frieda, on her husband What he had seen and felt and known he gave in his writing to his fellow men, the splendour of living, the hope of more and more life a heroic and immeasureable gift.