Lady Chatterley's Lover

Lady Chatterley's Lover

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Introduction by Kathryn Harrison

Inspired by the long-standing affair between D. H. Lawrence's German wife and an Italian peasant, Lady Chatterley's Lover follows the intense passions of Constance Chatterley. Trapped in an unhappy marriage to an aristocratic mine owner whose war wounds have left him paralyzed and impotent, Constance enters into a liaison with the gamekeeper Mellors. Frank Kermode called the book D. H. Lawrence's "great achievement," Anaïs Nin described it as "his best novel," and Archibald MacLeish hailed it as "one of the most important works of fiction of the century." Along with an incisive Introduction by Kathryn Harrison, this Modern Library edition includes the transcript of the judge's decision in the famous 1959 obscenity trial that allowed Lady Chatterley's Lover to be published in the United States.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group


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Jul 26, 2019

I found this book to be very readable, & not as pornographic as I had been !ed to expect. Lawrence has a lot to say about the time after WWI, & the war's effect on English aristocrats & intellectuals of that time. I even suggested that my book club consider adding it to our future read list.

Oct 23, 2015

This novel is as much a treatise on Lawrence's political views as a story on liberated sexuality in the early twentieth century. For more realistic, life-like characters, read The Second Lady Chatterley's Lover, the previous version of the same novel. In that one, there are almost no political discussions, the gamekeeper is really working class and the romantic story speaks for itself. However, in the third version, Connie takes a much more determined stand for her liberation.

theorbys Jun 09, 2014

For me it got off to a rather slow and tell not show start, and the characters are not too real in one sense (everyday life), but are primordially real in another, which is a perfectly acceptable thing to do in a novel that is not meant to be entertainment. DHL creates a powerful visionary, and dysvisionary, story based on an equally powerful poetics, and it is more than enough to make the novel a durable masterpiece.

Mar 20, 2014

Scandalous in it's day until the 1950's, this book is relatively tame by modern standards. The author's narrative is fine however the characters are one dimensional and the conclusions debatable. Not likely this book would be considered a classic except for the notoriety. Worth reading if you're interested but there are more worthy classics to try first.

booklady1 Aug 12, 2012

I can't say anything good about this book. how can a wife left a husband that can't walk? I know he is mean sometime but he never hit her or did anything bad to her he love her in is own way he couldn't have sex with her so she had sex with other man. you took vows for better or worse shame on her. I mean he told her that she could have a baby by another man if she wanted to because he is paralyzed from the waist down but no she wanted to fine another man to move on with. what a bitch. it was sad.

Feb 22, 2012

Required reading for wives and servants. LCL caused a scandal when it first came out, and a bigger scandal when it was re-issued in the 1950s, and many fine people defended it against pornography charges. Of course, it is pornography, in the sense that it is "completely concerned with sex." Yes, there are characters, but they are two-dimensional. (In case you didn't get the message that Chatterley is a baddie, and worse, "not a real man", he is the lord of the manor AND a ruthless mine owner, AND a successful author, but oh! such a cold and cynical one. How unlike a working-class hero with the initials DHL.) Still, Lawrence is an artist and no fool, and he writes about sexuality in a way that was never before attempted. Some of his conclusions are iffy (be satisfied with vaginal intercourse, ladies, or you're not a real woman -- or a lesbian.)

Jul 11, 2011

Good, if you can handle the awkwardness of the subject matter inside.

teacupfaerie Mar 03, 2011

A liaison with a gardener no less!

Dec 22, 2010

While not scandalous by current standards it is certainly a fabulous use of prose.

Dec 13, 2010

This story was timeless in the paralells with our current crisis of heart vs. business...

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