What Lies Beneath: D.H. Lawrence by Paul Fillingham

D.H. Lawrence by Paul Fillingham courtesy thinkamigo.com

DH Lawrence by Paul Fillingham

Niall MacMonagle

David Herbert Lawrence, dogged by illness all his life, didn't live to see September 11, 1930, his 44th birthday. He died that March in Venice but 30 years later he was a household name when Lady Chatterley's Lover, originally published in Florence in 1928, became the subject of a sensational obscenity trial. More famous now than that novel's four-lettered words are the words of British Judge John Mervyn Guthrie Griffith-Jones, who asked the jury: "Would you approve of your young sons, young daughters - because girls can read as well as boys - reading this book? Is it a book that you would even wish your wife or your servants to read?"